Technology Advances in PV and Wind Turbines

PV and wind turbine industry technological advances continue at a rapid pace. Some new technologies announced this year had us scratching our heads in a “I’ll believe it when I see it” kind of way, but there were clearly some advances that will begin to have a real impact on the PV and wind industries in 2003. We think the advances here are among the most interesting innovations for 2002.

Key related stories from 2002: ASE Americas to Build Automated, 10 MW Cell Line – 5/21/2002 ASE Americas, manufacturer and marketer of high-performing solar electric wafers, cells and modules, plans to build a state-of-the-art, fully-automated solar electric cell manufacturing line at its facility in Billerica, Massachusetts. AstroPower Solar Cell Wins Award – 9/27/2002 When Allen Barnett founded AstroPower in the early 1980s, he did so with the intent of someday growing “big sheets of silicon, fast.” That day has arrived for the Delaware company, recently recognized by R&D Magazine who dubbed its APx-8 solar cell one of the 100 most technologically significant new products of the year. Solar PV Company Secures Financing – 10/28/2002 Konarka Technologies, a developer of flexible, polymer and nano-particle-based photovoltaic (PV) technology, has closed its Series B round of financing, having raised US$13.5 million. Chance PV Discovery Looks Promising – 11/26/2002 An unexpected discovery just might change the face of the solar photovoltaic industry. Evergreen Solar Advances String Ribbon Process – 12/5/2002 Evergreen Solar, Inc. said Wednesday that it has advanced its proprietary “String Ribbon” technology for manufacturing solar cells that could result in more than doubling the output of its crystal growth furnaces. New Turbine Pushes Past 3 MW – 12/12/2002 The first wind turbine over 3 MW for commercial power applications is a 3.6 MW machine developed by GE Wind Energy, a business unit of GE Power Systems.


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