Sunday, June 19, 2011

"A Game Changing Development in Solar Energy": '1366 Technologies' Developed a Silicon Solar Wafer – Cutting Cost By Half


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Solar Panels
By Alex Wagner
The Huffington Post
6-17-11

     On Friday, Secretary of Energy Stephen Chu announced a "game changing" development in solar energy. A company called 1366 Technologies, headquartered in Lexington, Mass., has developed a silicon solar wafer that would cut the cost of solar cell manufacturing by an estimated 50 percent.

The wafer technology was developed with the support of a pilot innovation investment program housed under the Department of Energy, known as the Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E). According to director Arun Majumdar, "ARPA-E is looking for high risk ideas that, if successful, can be high impact. Those that don't exist today."

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