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6 New PV Startups Get DOE Grants

On Monday the Department of Energy announced that they were awarding a total of $17.6 million in grant money to six new second generation photovoltaic startups. The money is expected to be met by roughly another $17 million in cost share from the PV industry itself, totaling a little over $35 million going towards the projects. The idea, obviously, is to canadian cialis and healthcare foster new technologies that could make PV electricity cost competitive - one giant step towards energy independence.

So let’s meet the companies who found favor in the DOE’s eyes:

1366 Solar of Lexington, MA

  • Uses muli-crystalline silicon, which is cheaper than single-crystalline silicon (the latter has to be grown slowly and canadian pharmacy online delicately while the latter is simple melted down and cast into a mold)
  • Cell material is designed with a special grooved texture which traps light into the cell and boosts efficiency to 19%.

Innovalight of Sunnyvale, CA

  • Uses “silicon ink” to print solar cells and modules onto thin silicon substrates, a technology which makes manufacturing simpler and cheaper

Skyline Solar of Mountain View, CA

  • Concentrated solar technology mounted on a system that tracks and follows the sun
  • Technology is compatible with the existing silicon PV industry, but uses less silicon
  • 15% efficiency (when considering the active cell area)

Solasta of Newton, MA

  • Cells made with amporphous “nanocoax” material, which shortens the distance that electrons have to travel between the i recommend viagra generic canada PV materials and the conducting wires, thereby improving efficiency

Solexel of Milpitas, CA

Spire Semiconductor of Hudson, NH

  • Cells are three-junction tandem, which means that there are three layers, each of which absorbs light of different wavelengths.
  • Instead of buy viagra online for less money stacking the layers on top of one another, Spire is developing a new, more efficient structure
  • Target efficiency of over 42%

Via the DOE

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written by Bryan, October 03, 2008
Honestly, $17 million is a joke that will not accomplish anything but give these companies more time to cialis info do nothing. $700 billion will get things rolling nicely. Ecogeek, thanks for the info, but I am saddend by this farce.
PV's and Energy Independence
written by Uncle B, October 04, 2008
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written by P Duncan, October 05, 2008

Is there some particular expertise or experience in R&D that you have that has informed your judgment?

While not personally being able to assess whether this amount is appropriate for the desired tasks, since I'm unaware of the equipment and get cialis personnel involved, $17 million certainly seems far more reasonable for R&D than hundreds of billions.

While tax incentives on a much larger scale are needed to drive commercialization, we should be supportive of productive R&D rather than only focusing on shortcomings in other areas.

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