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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?
A new report from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory points to specific areas where costs could be lowered.
Solar manufacturers like Suntech are struggling. Hundreds need to die for the industry to recover.
Crystal Solar’s approach simplifies the manufacturing of silicon wafers and eliminates some expensive equipment.
For expensive manufacturing research on solar panels and 3-D printing, a new push toward shared pilot production facilities.
As the solar market has changed, companies hoping to compete with low manufacturing costs have been forced to rethink.
Companies in Germany and China have made simpler designs that make it easier and quicker to mount panels to roofs.
Solar Frontier, which opened the world’s largest CIGS solar-panel plant, makes plans for more factories.