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Germany has decided to pursue ambitious greenhouse-gas reductions—while closing down its nuclear plants. Can a heavily industrialized country power its economy with wind turbines and solar panels?
Solar manufacturers like Suntech are struggling. Hundreds need to die for the industry to recover.
Solar Frontier, which opened the world’s largest CIGS solar-panel plant, makes plans for more factories.
A new report from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory points to specific areas where costs could be lowered.
As the solar market has changed, companies hoping to compete with low manufacturing costs have been forced to rethink.
With catalysts created by an MIT chemist, sunlight can turn water into hydrogen. If the process can scale up, it could make solar power a dominant source of energy.
Companies in Germany and China have made simpler designs that make it easier and quicker to mount panels to roofs.
Researchers consider plug-in hybrids charged by stationary solar arrays a better bet.
The rest of the world is trying to find alternatives to these crucial materials.
The solar industry says incremental advances have made transformational technologies unnecessary.