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  • Year-round Sandia National Laboratories intern Jesus Ortega inspects one of the new bladed receivers at Sandias National Solar Thermal Testing Facility Photo by Randy Montoya

    3D-Printed Concentrating Solar-Power Receivers

    Engineers at the US Department of Energy’s Sandia National Laboratories have developed 3D-printed, fractal-like concentrating solar-power receivers that absorb sunlight up to 20% more efficiently than current technology and are less...
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  • Bi-facial solar cell

    Harvesting Sunlight from Both Sides of PV Cells

    The cost of electricity made with PV installations has been decreasing rapidly. In many regions it has already dipped below the cost of producing electricity with fossil fuels. So building solar plants has become an attractive business case. But it...
  • STile uses Olympus digital light microscopy tools in solar manufacturing

    Solar Manufacturing Using State-of-the-Art Technologies

    Driving the global spread of renewable solar energy, French company S’Tile is developing an innovative solar cell, saving on manufacturing costs and enhancing performance compared to conventional designs. Known as the i-Cell, this device...
  • Solar Decathlon 2015

    The Homes of the 2017 Solar Decathlon

    The Solar Decathlon is a collegiate competition made up of 10 contests that challenge student teams to design and build full-size, solar-powered houses. The winning team blends design excellence and smart energy production with innovation,...
  • Simply applying a maximum load sharing value to all panels in an array can result in grossly non-conservative wind load values

    Principles of Wind Loading for PV Arrays

    The solar industry in the US is growing by leaps and bounds. In 2016 alone over 14.8GW of solar was installed, nearly doubling the amount installed in 2015. This growth is fueled largely by decreases in the installed price of solar, which dropped...
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    Dynamic Solar Mounting Design

    In less than a decade utility scale solar grew from a negligible part of the US energy mix to the leading source of new generating capacity in 2016. With scale comes more mature technology and cost reductions, but as a whole, solar is a very young...

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