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09/08/2011

Driving Down the Costs of Solar

 
Solar-Costs

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu has finalized a $150 million loan guarantee to 1366 Technologies, Inc. for the development of a multicrystalline wafer manufacturing project that could drive down the costs of solar manufacturing, making solar a more viable energy option.

The project will be capable of producing approximately 700 to 1,000 megawatts (MW) of silicon-based wafers annually using a revolutionary manufacturing process called Direct Wafer. 

This process could reduce manufacturing costs of the wafers by approximately 50%, dramatically cutting the cost of solar power.  Phase 1 of the project will be located in Lexington, Massachusetts and is expected to fund 70 permanent jobs and 50 construction jobs.  The company is evaluating site locations for another planned phase, which they anticipate will fund hundreds of additional jobs.

“This project is a good example of how investments in American innovation can create jobs and make our manufacturing industry more competitive,” says Secretary Chu. “This type of pioneering technology is needed to compete and thrive in the global race for solar manufacturing, a market worth billions of dollars and tens of thousands of jobs in the years ahead.”

The innovative manufacturing process reduces four separate manufacturing steps into a single, low cost continuous process and greatly reduces silicon waste by forming individual wafers directly from a bath of molten silicon.

 A thin sheet of silicon freezes inside the direct wafer furnace and is then removed and laser-trimmed to size. 

At full production, the entire wafer formation process is completed in just 25 seconds when compared to conventional batch processing, which can take up to three days.  The company’s revolutionary one-step process requires 90% less energy and results in an industry-standard product that can be used by multicrystalline cell manufacturers.

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EPA challenge to increase diversion rates for the holidays.

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Framework allows users a better look at roofing's environmental impact.

11/20/2014

Study finds paper towel dispensers carry far fewer germs.

11/19/2014

Tool will help manage information during power outages.

11/18/2014

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11/14/2014

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11/13/2014

Study shows sustainable investments weather the winter.

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Standard focuses on occupant health.

11/11/2014

EPA says cleanup will cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

11/10/2014

Methane will be used as a fuel source.

11/07/2014

ASTM to target roofing material diversion rates. 

11/06/2014

ORNL scientists look to the future of renewable energy integration.

11/05/2014

Lawsuits unlikely to convince polluters to change opposition to legislative reform. 

11/04/2014

Green building investment jumps in 2013. 

11/03/2014

Study shows difference between reported and measured occupant behavior

10/31/2014

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10/30/2014

Report shows healthy features and practices yield results.

10/29/2014

USGBC announces two more years to prepare for LEED v4.

10/28/2014

Current projects could replace up to 8% of the Army’s energy use.

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