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It’s not enough to have compelling technology—small solar companies need a solid business model, rich partners, and manufacturing know-how.
First Solar’s strong finances are helping fund innovation and drive down the cost of solar power.
New materials for high-performance cells could make solar power affordable.
A one-step process creates a highly antireflective layer for photovoltaics.
Long-lived nuclear batteries powered by hydrogen isotopes are in testing for military applications.
Models of the brain built from specially designed computer chips could reveal the secrets of our cerebrum.
Placing tiny spheres of silicon in reflective trays could be the key to cheap, efficient solar cells.
New technology could tip the balance back in favor of some solar-panel manufacturers outside China.
Silicon backing should make high-efficiency lighting more affordable.