Solar – Officially the next BIG thing?

June 18, 2008 at 10:17 pm 1 comment

Recently high technology companies are all seeming to be jumping into the solar area.  Okay I know that 2  of the 3 I am referring to today are both very experienced in silicon technology so this sort of makes sense I guess….


IBM, that bastion of computing power has not one but two initiatives in the news lately. The first has to do with light concentrating and more importantly solar cell cooling technology. The press release for this one is dated May 15, 2008 and can be found here: http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/24203.wss


The second venture by Big Blue is joining up with Tokyo Ohka Kogyo (TOK) a semiconductor processing company to work on the technology where you essentially print solar cells (copper-indium-gallium-selenide (CIGS) cells).  This is similar to the technology put forwad by Nanosolar and others.  (Previous post: https://askthefm.wordpress.com/2008/05/08/new-solar-technologies-on-the-horizon/)  Full story via Ecogeek.org (http://www.ecogeek.org/content/view/1768/83/)


Not to be left out of the party, Intel the giant computer chip maker has created a spin off company with some other investors called SpectraWatt, Inc.  Construction has already started on a factory located in Oregon that expects to be shipping product and parts in a year.  Full story at CNET.com (http://news.cnet.com/8301-11128_3-9969631-54.html)


Lastly Google recently announced that it was investing $10 million in a company called eSolar.  eSolar’s claims are very concise:


“To serve the renewable electricity needs of utility-scale energy providers, eSolar has developed a market disrupting solar thermal power plant technology. Generation can be scaled from 25 MW to over 500 MW at energy prices competitive with traditional fossil fuels.”


Full story here (WWW.Solveclimate.com) http://solveclimate.com/blog/20080117/breakthrough-concentrated-solar-power-all-over-southwest-us


The claim seems pretty strong to me, but I have been surprised before.  All in all pretty exciting stuff!


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  • 1. Solar - Officially the next BIG thing?  |  June 24, 2008 at 8:13 am

    […] Solar – Officially the next BIG thing? …jumping into the solar area.  Okay I know that 2  of the 3 I am referring … Generation can be scaled from 25 MW to over 500 MW at energy […]

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