[Homestead] High density fuel, better, cheaper solar cells
tvoivozd at infionline.net
Tue Sep 14 11:30:44 EDT 2004
tvoivozhd---good idea to track Heliovolt to see if their accomplishments
are equal to their aspirations---a lot of solar cell improvements
lately, if there is enough money to put them in practice, solar power
WILL become cost-effective enough to come into general use, not just
when the grid is twenty miles from your house.
Jul 2004 issue
The Next Power
What’s the next big thing in the energy industry? Small power. A
lucrative new generation of devices and applications now awaits a
breakthrough in portable-power technology. When it arrives, it will
unleash a multibillion-dollar wave of consumer products.
The next 18 months will be critical for the micro fuel cell industry,
forecasters say, as developers struggle to increase energy density and
reduce prices. If they’re successful, the first fuel-cell-powered
devices should hit the market in 2008.
The University of Chicago’s Argonne National Laboratory is America’s
oldest national lab. Scientists there are doing some of the latest work
in energy research.
STARTUPS TO WATCH
Energy: HelioVolt says it’s patented a new manufacturing method that
will cut solar-cell production costs in half.
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