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Directory of solar photovoltaic (PV) technologies and resources.




  • Featured: Solar > Concentrated > PV >
    V3 Solar's Spin Cell - V3Solar's Spin Cell is claimed to be capable of generating over 20 times more electricity than a flat panel with the same area of PV cells thanks to a combination of concentrating lenses, dynamic spin, conical shape, and advanced electronics. The V3 Spin Cell features two cones, one made up of hundreds of triangular PV cells ... (PESWiki; October 6, 2012)


  • Solar > PV >
    Worlds first 3D solar cell is surprisingly efficient - Solar3D, Inc., the developer of a breakthrough 3-dimensional solar cell technology to maximize the conversion of sunlight into electricity, today announced the successful fabrication and operation of a working 3-dimensional silicon solar cell that produces at least 250% of the power of a basic silicon solar cell. (BitsofScience; September 5, 2012)

Do It Yourself

DIY in Condo

  • Solar > PV >
    Harnessing Solar Power in a Condo - To get around the homeowners' association, Jack Lee merely places a solar panel in the window of his condo, and gets enough sunlight to power all the devices in his bachelor's pad. And he can pull from the battery of his hybrid car if he needs to; so he never hooks up to the grid power available in his sockets. (CBS News; Oct. 3, 2007)



See Directory:Home Generation:Solar PV

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  • Emergency Preparedness > Vehicle-to-Grid / PV >
    Tsunami steers Japan tech innovation - On the March 11 anniversary, let's take a look at some innovations spurred by a desire not to be so vulnerable to disaster. They include Nissan's converter to enable an electric car to power up your house for 2 days, transparent solar panels that you can put on your windows, a cell phone app that can detect radiation levels, and other apps for emergencies. (BBC; March 9, 2012)
  • Solar > PV >
    Boeing to mass-produce record-breaking 39.2 percent efficiency solar cell - Boeing subsidiary Spectrolab is bringing multi-junction solar cell efficiencies seen in the lab into mass production with the announcement of its C3MJ+ solar cells which boast an average conversion efficiency of 39.2 percent. Boeing hopes to transfer its satellite success to the terrestrial solar cell market with these new high-efficiency solar cells that are expected to be available beginning in January. (GizMag; November 24, 2010)
  • Solar > PV / Concentrated >
    Solergy Launches Next-Gen CPV With Record-Breaking Efficiency - Solergy's CPV systems featuring an all-glass optical concentrating lens - the world's first. The all-glass optics, high-precision tracking and optimized basic energy unit ensure that Solergy's system consistently produces more energy than any other PV or CPV product in existence. (Solar Daily; Nov. 17, 2010)
  • Solar > PV >
    New Stick-on Solar Panels Make Installations a Snap - Global Solar unveiled a new type of flexible solar module that builders can stick directly on the roof, rather than constructing racks to hold heavy glass-covered cells. The modules won’t cost less than traditional arrays, at least initially, but they make it easier to include solar power at the time of construction and, without the racks, can cover a greater portion of the roof and provide more power. (Inhabitat; Aug. 31, 2010)
  • Top 100: Solar > PV / Concentrated > SES >
    Stirling Energy Systems and Boeing cooperate on solar - Stirling Energy Systems (SES) and the Boeing Company are cooperating to complete the commercialisation and deployment of Boeing’s high concentration photovoltaic (HCPV) solar power technology. SES will have exclusive rights to develop, manufacture and deploy Boeing’s XR700 HCPV solar technology, which will be aimed at smaller scale projects of 50MW and below. (Renewable Energy Focus; Apr. 6, 2010)
  • First Solar - First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) announced it reduced its manufacturing cost for solar modules in the fourth quarter to 98 cents per watt, breaking the $1 per watt price barrier.

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  • Shine Solar - Shine Solar manufactures photovoltaic (PV) cells, solar modules, solar panels, polycrystalline solar modules, monocrystalline solar modules and solar power systems. As one of the leading Solar Panel manufacturers in China they distribute too many areas around the world and offer you high end solar panel technology and supplies at an affordable low price.
  • Efficient, Cheap Solar Cells - Suniva, a startup based in Atlanta, has made solar cells that convert about 20 percent of the energy in the sunlight that falls on them into electricity. That's up from 17 percent for its previous solar cells and close to the efficiency of the best solar cells on the market. (MIT Technology Review; Sept, 23, 2008)
  • Solar Power Tiles for your Rooftop - Solé tiles enable your neighborhood mason to fit your roof tiles and these same tiles can produce dependable solar energy for your house or office. You no longer need to hire scientists and alternative energy nerds for a simple roof job, and the cost is no longer a bottleneck. (Alternative Energy News; July 6, 2009)
  • Phoenix Energy Products - PEP Solar is a total solutions provider for solar PV, solar hot water heaters, and energy products. The story of PEP Solar began back in 1978, and in 1982 PEP became the largest residential installer in the United States for photovoltaic partnering with BP Solar (formally Shell), Motorola, and Solavolt.
  • Pall Corporation Announces New Technologies for Solar Energy, Semiconductor Industries - the global leader in filtration, separation and purification, today announced the introduction of eight new technologies that will advance the state of the art in the solar energy and semiconductor industries. The new Pall technologies, which are designed to improve process efficiencies as well as the environmental footprint of customer systems, will be showcased at SEMICON West in San Francisco from July 15-17. (MarketWatch; July 15, 2008)]
  • - Quality solar power products - "Our main focus is the wholesale supply of quality solar power products in the most cost effective way. Dako power has a vested interest in the factory we produce our solar power products, hereby providing quality solar power products. We are also able to provide solar product volumes that will meet market needs."
  • NANO VENT-SKIN: CO2 Filtering Solar Micro-turbines! - Nano VentSkin sheath for existing structures is a zero-emission material that soaks up sunlight via a photovoltaic layer; and its tiny turbines employ “polarized organisms" to create chemical reactions, generating power each time the turbine makes contact with the structure; and the organisms present in the inner skin of each turbine soak up C02. (Inhabitat; June 4, 2008)
  • Lumeta Makes Peel-and-Stick Solar Panel Installations a Breeze - DRI Solar rooftop installations just got a lot easier: Lumeta, a subsidiary of construction heavyweight DRI, has developed a solar panel sticker -- the Power-Ply 380. The company says its convenient peel-and-stick solar technology allows it to be installed almost twice as fast as regular rack-mounted pane. (YouTube) (Treehugger; May 11, 2008)
  • Sun Phocus Technologies - HoloSun™ is a thin holographic coating that can be applied on glass surfaces to concentrate sunlight onto solar cells, increasing their performance by 25-40%, for semi-transparent building integrated photovoltaic skylights, curtain walls and awnings.
  • Nanotechnology and Photovoltaics - Nanosys Inc. combines their nanocomposite photovoltaic technology with precisely engineered inorganic semiconductor nanocrystals, yielding light-weight, flexible host-matrix. (
  • Gamma Solar - Gamma Solar will produce Photovoltaic Bifacial Solar Cells and Modules for BIPV (building integrated photovoltaic) systems that can generate energy on both the front and back side. They will generate up to 180% more energy than a standard Monofacial cell resulting in higher output per mass of crystalline silicon.
  • Wakonda Technologies - Developing solar electric technology that is more efficient than crystalline silicon and lower in cost than thin film alternatives by combining the most efficient photovoltaic materials with a flexible substrate that enables high volume manufacturing. The projected result: costs competitive with conventional electricity and elimination of rare and toxic raw materials.
  • Solar to Electricity in Glass Windows - Octillion Corp. is developing nanosilicon photovoltaic (PV) solar cell technology that could adapt glass windows to generate electricity from sunlight, without losing significant transparency. The cells provide high quantum down conversion efficiency of short wavelengths (50% to 60%). (Renewable Energy Access; Feb. 9, 2007)
  • Envision Solar - The Solar Grove is a photovoltaic-integrated carport system originally designed for Kyocera Solar. Eight translucent solar modules allow dappled sunlight to pass through to the ground, and reduce heat by shading the asphalt. Each solar tree provides shade for eight to 10 vehicles and the “tree-like‿ design means no columns for cars to scrape as they move in and out of the spaces.
  • Ultraefficient Photovoltaics - A solar cell more than twice as efficient as typical rooftop solar panels has been developed by Spectrolab. It makes use of a highly customizable and virtually unexplored class of materials that could lead to further jumps in efficiency over the next decade, making solar power less expensive than grid electricity in much of the country. (MIT Technology Review; June 15, 2007)
  • Increasing Solar Efficiency - British researchers receive $8 million grant to develop new manufacturing technique for photovoltaics that will cut cost by as much as half. Changes include thinner silicon coating and reducing number of semiconductors. (PhysOrg; Nov. 22, 2004)


  • Solar > PV > Largest >
    Scaling Up Solar Power - Applied Materials has developed the equipment to produce extremely large photo­voltaic panels in order to lower the price of solar power in two ways. The equipment for manufacturing thin-film solar cells operates more efficiently when the panels are bigger. And larger modules need less hardware and labor to wire them together and support them. (MIT Technology Review; Mar/Apr 2010)


Research and Development

See Directory:Photovoltaic Research and Development - separate page

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  • Sphere Business Solutions - Specializes in custom designed grid connected solar photovoltaic systems. Taking advantage of Net Metering process. Sanyo’s modules use a blend of amorphous and crystalline silicon to deliver a high cell conversion efficiency.
  • Northwest Power CO -- Solar and Wind - photovoltaic and wind generation products and services.
  • Quality Solar Concepts - Distributor of Alternative Energy Products including solar street lights, solar panels, solar heat and hot water, wind turbines and more
  • TechLine Power - U.S. company focuses on the design, development, and management of small and large-scale wind and photovoltaic renewable energy systems. Able to monitor systems remotely. Train operational staff. Founded 1975.


  • Solar > PV > Trends >
    A Bad Year for Solar Energy - By virtually any yardstick, 2011 was probably a year the PV solar panel industry may like to forget. First and foremost, of course, there was the Solyndra case, which quickly morphed into a major political issue that will likely be continually revisited during the upcoming U.S. presidential campaign. China's heavily-subsidized solar panel industry may present significant ongoing challenges... (Environmental Leader; December 13, 2011)
  • Solar > PV / Hydrogen > Solar Hydrogen >
    Jack Nicholson's 1978 Hydrogen Car - Step back in time to when solar panels were new and needed to be explained as part of a presentation on how the energy of sunlight could be used to generate electricity to electrolyze water to generate hydrogen which could run a car, using a metal catalyst to stabilize the storage of hydrogen. (GreenEnergyTV; 9/9/9)

Highest Efficiency Commercially Available

  • Solar > PV >
    Boeing to mass-produce record-breaking 39.2 percent efficiency solar cell - Boeing subsidiary Spectrolab is bringing multi-junction solar cell efficiencies seen in the lab into mass production with the announcement of its C3MJ+ solar cells which boast an average conversion efficiency of 39.2 percent. Boeing hopes to transfer its satellite success to the terrestrial solar cell market with these new high-efficiency solar cells that are expected to be available beginning in January. (GizMag; November 24, 2010)


  • SolarMagic Power Optimizer - The power of the solar array is only as strong as the weakest-performing panel, such as from shade from sources like trees, chimneys, power lines or bird droppings. SolarMagic power optimizers by National Semiconductor maximize the energy potential of each individual panel so as much as 50% of the lost energy can be reclaimed. (Engineering TV; September 8, 2009)


  • DMSolar - USA-based company with headquarter in Florida, is a global leader in solar energy products. dmsolar delivers high-efficiency photovoltaic (PV) cells, solar panels and integrated grid-tie systems.


  • Solar > PV / Emergency Preparedness > EMP >
    Can solar panels withstand an EMP attack? - Forum responses: Most panels have bypass diodes fitted to the discrete series arrays within the panel. Panels are not normally just a mass of cells. With EMP exposure the inverter is the biggest concern since the PN junction of a microchip/fet/transistor is much much smaller than a PN wafer of a PV panel... (EnergyMatters; May 03, 2010)


  • Shimmering Solar Collector Sculpture - Gorbet Design’s Solar Collectors' interactive installation in Cambridge, Canada serves as a conduit for both solar energy and creative input, soaking up sunlight and simple web-based controls throughout the day. Upon nightfall the installation synthesizes its stored reserves into a glimmering light show. (Inhabitat; June 26, 2008)
  • GREENPIX Zero Energy Media Wall Lights up Beijing - Skyscraper wall has the world’s largest color LED display, and has a self sustaining energy life-cycle. Harvesting sunlight collected during the day via photovoltaic solar cells, the wall uses stored solar energy to light up the LED’s for a spectacular nighttime show. (Inhabitat; May 19, 2008)

In the News

  • Solar > PV >
    Solar school dedicated - We offer our congratulations to our associate, Jim Dunn, who's hard work has finally materialized in a 100 kW photovoltaic system at Bancroft School in Massechussets. Dunn serves as president of Future Solar Systems of Millbury, which designed, installed and secured investors for the project, will save the school about $8,000 to $10,000 annually in energy costs. (Telegraph; MA; USA; Oct. 9, 2010)
  • Featured: Solar > Photovoltaics >
    Nepalese teen claims cheap solar panel using human hair - Milan Karki, 18, of rural Nepal, believes he has found the solution to the developing world's energy needs, saying hair (due to Melanin) is easy to use as a conductor, in place of expensive silicon. The £23 solar panel produces 18 Watts. Electrical engineers call it a hoax. (PESWiki; Sept. 10, 2009) (Comment)

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