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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.
Large-scale manufacturing techniques used to build LCDs could make solar power far more competitive.
A probability-based processor may speed up flash memory, and eventually much more.
The silicon shortage that has kept solar electricity expensive is ending.
First Solar’s thin-film technology is now challenging silicon panels at large-scale solar-power facilities.
Silicon shortages drove up prices, but supplies are now increasing.
A new solar panel could lower costs and improve efficiency.
Thin but efficient solar cells use one-tenth the silicon of conventional cells.