Solyndra, makers of cylindrical thin film solar cells, this week signed a deal with Southern California Edison (SCE) to install solar systems on the roofs of 18 big box retail stores and industrial buildings. When complete in 2011, the photovoltaic solar arrrays will provide 16.2 megawatts of electricity for SCE.
IBM researchers have been developing new efficient thin film type solar cells that use abundant materials instead of the scarce materials used in current thin film solar cells. The materials that IBM is seeking to replace are cadmium, iridium, gallium, and selenide, which make up CIGS type cells. … Continue reading
Solyndra has been one of those companies that has been gathering funding and working on their technology while not saying a whole bunch. But several news articles out this week show that there’s lots going on at Solyndra. The big financial news was that they have $600 million … Continue reading
Researchers at the US Dept of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) have developed a thin-film CIGS solar cell that competes with the efficiency of silicon photovoltaic solar cells.