Solar Power Update for March 22, 2009
There has been quite a few stories on the subject of solar power over the past few days ranging from the momentous to the inconsequential.
So to start us in the momentous category we have a story on Cleantechnica (http://cleantechnica.com/2009/03/21/fremonts-solyndra-wins-first-doe-funding/) covering the granting of loan guarantees through the US Dept. of Energy.
Excerpt: “Energy Secretary Steven Chu today offered a $535 million loan guarantee for Solyndra, Inc.deploying its solar panels across the U.S. and around the world. to support the company’s construction of a commercial-scale manufacturing plant for its proprietary cylindrical solar photovoltaic panels. The company expects to create thousands of new jobs in the U.S. while “
Next we have a stroy via Earth2Tech on the dropping prices of solar grade silicon (http://earth2tech.com/2009/03/19/solar-silicon-prices-dropping-new-energy-finance-says/).
Excerpt: “Solar-grade silicon prices are falling — at least according to the latest New Energy Financein August, the London-based research firm forecast that prices would fall in 2009, and Jenny Chase, a senior associate at the firm, tells us that the prediction appears to be coming true. The conclusion is the opposite of one that another research company, Photon Consulting, presented earlier this month forecasting that prices will rise this year. “
Greener solar panels is the thust of our next story via Greenbang (http://www.greenbang.com/scientists-find-greener-recipe-for-photovoltaics/). Scientists have come up with a less toxic material to replace toxic lead sulfide.
Excerpt: “Unlike lead sulfide, zinc oxide is a benign inorganic compound used in products like sunscreen and baby powder. Zinc oxide also offers the benefits of low-cost production, a high ability to detect light and convert it to energy, mechanical flexibility and the ability to “tune” photoconducting materials to absorb a preferred range of the solar spectrum.“
Next we enter our general good news and update section. First via Cleantechnica (http://cleantechnica.com/2009/03/20/new-thin-film-process-takes-solar-another-step-to-affordability/) is news about improvements in thin film solar. I hope the improvements continue and accelerate!
Excerpt: “A new piece of thin film manufacturing equipment with the unlikely name of Viper (TM)solar energy could help bring to the masses. Viper (TM) was developed by Sencera, a North Carolina company that got its start supplying thin film hardware for manufacturing transistors and integrated circuits.“
On Earth2Tech (http://earth2tech.com/2009/03/20/first-solar-cranks-out-a-good-gigawatt-of-thin-film-solar/) we hear how First Solar has cranked production up another notch to a mile stone of 1 gigwat of total production!
Lastly tonight we have some speculation on CleanTechnica (http://cleantechnica.com/2009/03/19/solar-is-the-czech-republic-the-next-spain/) as to whether the Czech Republic can replicate Spain’s recent performance in the solar power arena.
More solar power updates tomorrow night!
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