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    Loved the "series of tubes" joke. I would love to see them in San Diego this weekend but I was there last weekend , just missed Martin's car in Vegas by an hour this week but will be stopping by to see the MP store this morning. First time.

    My goal, make every trip Tesla related.

    Edit: MP TS moved to Sun.

    Update: Never made it to the MP showroom. All of my SF trips are to the North Bay so it's hard to get south and the SFO trips were during closing time.
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    Solar Daily is a pretty good site. Thanks.

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    If u like solar daily you should try this for nearly all of the alternative energy projects going on right now.
    Renewable Energy Development

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    Quote Originally Posted by vfx View Post
    Solar Daily is a pretty good site. Thanks.
    You're welcome.

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    25 percent!
    The University of New South Wales’ ARC Photovoltaic Centre of Excellence has reported the first silicon solar cell to achieve the milestone of 25 per cent efficiency.

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    Now if only they had the Solex Agitator.

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    Solar firm Solyndra looks to outshine competition - San Francisco Business Times



    New law to help

    Solyndra also stands to benefit from new “cool roof” laws that require all new commercial buildings in California to have white roofs to reflect sunlight and keep buildings cooler. Solyndra’s solar tubes, mounted about a foot off of the roof, can capture and benefit from increased reflectivity of white roofs.

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    afaik these guys are still in stealth mode. I want to see some metrics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dpeilow View Post
    Did you mean to link just the rpi front page? Or maybe this story?

    RPI: News & Events - Solar Power Game-Changer: “Near Perfect” Absorption of Sunlight, From All Angles

    Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have discovered and demonstrated a new method for overcoming two major hurdles facing solar energy. By developing a new antireflective coating that boosts the amount of sunlight captured by solar panels and allows those panels to absorb the entire solar spectrum from nearly any angle, the research team has moved academia and industry closer to realizing high-efficiency, cost-effective solar power.

    “To get maximum efficiency when converting solar power into electricity, you want a solar panel that can absorb nearly every single photon of light, regardless of the sun’s position in the sky,” said Shawn-Yu Lin, professor of physics at Rensselaer and a member of the university’s Future Chips Constellation, who led the research project. “Our new antireflective coating makes this possible.”

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