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Next-Generation Solar Technology: Thin Is In

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Commercial thin-film solar technology is making strides in real-world applications, while global research continues to increase efficiency in next-generation thin-film PV cells and coatings.

VALERIE C. COFFEY, SCIENCE WRITER, [email protected]

Solar power is undergoing a strong period of global growth in electricity-generating capacity, driven by declining prices and demand for clean, affordable electricity. In spite of declining government incentives and renewable energy credits, solar photovoltaics (PV) was the most-installed source of new power generation behind natural gas in the U.S. in 2013 and 2014. More than 5.3 GW of new PV systems were installed in the U.S. in 2014, bringing total installed capacity to 16.3 GW1. And this growth should continue around the world for years to come. Solar industry analyst firm Greentech Media...Read full article

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