Headliners In The Sun: A Solar News Roundup

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Record Makes Thin-Film Solar Cell Competitive with Silicon Efficiency

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory have moved closer to creating a thin-film solar cell that can compete with the efficiency of the more common silicon-based solar cell.

The copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) thin-film solar cell recently reached 19.9 percent efficiency, setting a new world record for this type of cell...

Masdar PV, a Project of the Masdar Initiative in Abu Dhabi, to Invest Over $2 Billion in Solar Production.
The investment represents one of the largest ever made in solar, and will fund a three-phased manufacturing and expansion strategy to produce the latest generation of thin-film photovoltaic (PV) modules.

Phase one involves an investment of $600 million which will fund the development of two manufacturing facilities. The first, in Erfurt, Germany will be operational by the third quarter of 2009, and a second facility in Abu Dhabi will begin initial production by the second quarter of 2010.

The US government funds the research, a German firm does the development, and a Middle Eastern firm does a massive scale up. Meanwhile, the US Congress debates how to make more "clean coal" fired electricity.

The world is not "Flat," its' screwed up because of lobbying.

Heres' one more: Winery goes solar with 'Floatovoltaics'

Take nearly 1,000 photovoltaic panels and mount them on 130 pontoons floating in a Napa Valley irrigation pond, and what do you have?

A first-of-its-kind solar power array and the latest example of why Northern California's wine industry - with its scores of entrepreneurs and mavericks - is a leader in embracing solar power...Building the solar arrays on water preserved about 1 1/2 acres of valuable Cabernet vineyard acreage from being sacrificed for land-mounted arrays, which would have cost the winery about $150,000 a year in lost earnings.

Covering the irrigation pond also is likely to result in less water loss due to evaporation - and less algae growth.

Image credit::Contractor Headlines, Masdar City.

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