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EcoGeek of the Week: Head of Solar Research at GE

It seems like, these days, the most interesting stories in alternative energy are all coming from the little guys. The entrepreneurs and www.pereverges.cat startups finally getting some money behind their big ideas. But to think that the big dogs are ignoring the possible markets in alternative energy...well, that's just silly. Today, we're lucky enough to talk to mail online order propecia the http://wffisher.com/generic-levitra-usa biggest dog of them all, General Electric, and the head of their solar technology platform at their global research center, Danielle Merfeld.

Danielle has been with GE for eight years, and is now in charge of the solar R&D projects at all four of http://roguelephant.com/online-cheap-cialis GE's global research sites (Niskayuna, NY; Bangalore, India; Shanghai, China; and Munich, Germany). And we're happy to have her as our EcoGeek of the Week.

EG: So what are your responsibilities as head of the solar tech at the GE Research Center, and what kind of resources do you have at your disposal?

DM: My responsibility is to make sure that the R&D we are doing in the solar space aligns with our Energy business needs, and even more importantly to keep an eye on technology trends and advances to continue to develop our pipeline for the next generation of Solar technology products. I work closely with our experts in the various technical fields -- Si materials, cells and module design, thin film PV, inverters, packaging, testing, and grid connectivity -- to highlight new ideas, and mature ideas to the point of passing them off to cheap cialis the business where they become products. I also have the luxury of working with our Energy Financial Services team, helping them to evaluate investment opportunities in the Solar space. This is especially valuable because it gives me an insider view of who may be a good potential partner.

EG: Of all the projects you're working on right now, which do you think will most help to bring the www.wowgraphicdesigns.com cost of PV solar to grid parity?

DM: We have some programs focusing on the development of levitra without prescription thin film PV, and -- whether you are talking about rigid or flexible substrates -- this class of modules has demonstrated a path to a low cost of generated energy. Although, advances at the cell or module level have to be combined with better installation practices and other 'balance of systems' cost or performance improvements to reach grid parity in the coming years.

EG: A lot of startups are working on technologies that they hope will be truly disruptive, and truly change the world's energy landscape. Do you see GE's role as providing more practical and immediately applicable solutions?

DM: The great thing about GE is that we are very much grounded in the practical and immediate solutions that can be brought to free levitra sample market today, but because we have one of the last remaining corporate research laboratories we also have the ability to reach out several years to identify and harness disruptive ideas and put them through their paces - separating the good ideas that require further work and only today online viagra uk partnerships from those ideas that are not likely to realize success. I have been amazed to learn how so often entrepreneurs and brilliant scientists don't see the roadblocks or barriers that exist for the introduction of a new technology. Through our current role in the energy industry today we have insight into key aspects of power generation needs, energy management and distribution issues.

EG: Your research unit seems to be focused entirely on PV. Are you, or other folks at GE, working to apply your huge technological assets to wffisher.com solar thermal, and do you think that might be a faster path to grid parity?

DM: We are also looking at solar thermal technology, since it could fit very well with our existing combined cycle power generation offerings. But, our Solar business is focused mostly on PV where the costs are rapidly coming down and technical advances are only speeding up. Solar thermal might very well have a faster path to grid parity, but only in specific locations with the right solar resource and T&D infrastructure.

EG: With all the excitement surrounding thin-film solar these days, silicon solar seems almost passe. But your molded wafer technology seems pretty exciting to me. What are the free samples of viagra advantages of http://sws-bl.com/cheap-prescription-levitra this technology?

DM: Our molded wafer technology is very good site inexpensive cialis addressing a few key issues within the value chain for Si-based PV. The cost of starting material is lower for this method because our process allows for a lower purity of incoming material, and by molding one wafer at a time in an assembly line fashion we do not lose silicon to kerf loss, such as when blocks or ingots of silicon are slices into wafers.

EG: I think you're doing fantastic work at GE. But the strength of our society is, and will remain for a long while, entirely based on viagra 50 mg from canadian pharmacy fossil fuels. Do you believe that we can change this?

DM: I do believe that we can change this situation. It will take great, low-cost technology, a well-educated public and a climate (no pun intended) of change. Once the public better understands the benefits of having a strong renewable energy sector in this country (more jobs, economic security, environmental protection, etc.) then the politicians, policy makers, and industry can work towards securing that future.

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GE, the bigger the better, well not in t
written by Alex, May 08, 2008
Today I see a little company producing solar power trees, real looking and life size trees, they give twice as much power as conventional solar panels, they look great, fit every garden and cost more or less nothing, they are produced from recycled materials.
This company I know went about one year ago to GE for advice/investment and cheap cialis pills cooperation, nothing happened since then, big corporation are all like this, no interest in little ideas from little people, only when it takes of, the come and steal the overnight tramadol idea.... GE how innovative.
Alex
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Alex, do you have a link?
written by Plex, May 08, 2008
Howdy Alex,

I just happen to be looking for a solar power tree that provides twice the power as conventional solar panels, and I even have more or less nothing to spend for it. Can you give me contact info for the little company you mentioned?

Thanks,
plex
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written by frisbee, May 11, 2008
We need trees to the best choice buy generic cialis capture carbon. Solar is great to fit on buildings and in deserts. Why place solar-trees in deserts?
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Why place solar-trees in deserts?
written by Alex, May 13, 2008
Dear Frisbee,
planting solar trees in the desert could help to prevent to desert from moving to cities, it also could help to pump water from far away locations to the cities, it could create oasis's, and its a could place to harvest solar radiation!
alex
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written by prof. dr m v shetty, May 19, 2008
Good piece of work keep it up.
needed movies related to this. Also products that are ptential and knowhow is available and worth investing in.
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written by prof. dr m v shetty, May 19, 2008
Good piece of work. Pl send movies and related info.
Also products that can be promoted with cost benefit analysis proven.and technical collaboration available.
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written by dude, June 20, 2008
It will be cost effective when you take in all the variables. The war that oil has caused. The probable warming of our environment. The dumping of noxious vapors into cities (smog) and other places. The renewables will be the obvious winner. However this is never the case. It's all about what is cheapest for the corps, and screw everyone else. Well I say no. Increasing the tax benefits would be even better. Quit subsidizing big oil. Quit subsidizing corn. Anything else is ignoring the elephant in the room.
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Be Part of Latin America’s Solar Energy Future
written by Solar Latin America Summit, October 04, 2012
The Solar Latin America Summit is bringing together key decision makers and government officials with regional and international leaders in solar energy who will shape the future of alternative energy production and consumption in Latin America.

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