Editorials

Concentrator photovoltaics still overcoming hurdles to commercialization

Once concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) technologies are more broadly commercialized, they could potentially be the lowest cost and most efficient solar technology in the market. The 2010 market growth should be a bright spot in the semiconductor industry, with more megawatts being installed, a friendlier investment climate. An overall CPV output …

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Getting to Know Steven Chu–the New Head of the Department of Energy

One of the first official acts USA President Barack Obama did upon entering the Oval Office on January 20, 2009, shortly after being sworn in, was to sign a document that officially installed Steven Chu the USA’s Secretary of Energy. The act heralded in a the major shift towards a …

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2009: A Year for Innovative Environmental Solutions

2009 will obviously be challenging in many ways, but it also promises to be a year when environmentally-positive products and manufacturing practices have an unprecedented opportunity to contribute to strengthening the worldwide economy. And the compound semi industry can help lead the way. Compound semi-based solar products and LEDs are …

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Happy Holidays

This is the time of year when the world ‘takes a breather’. It’s holiday time. The compound semi industry hasn’t many traditions yet (maybe we’re still too young, though we’ve been a noticeable blip on advanced technology radar screens for over 30 years now) but the wider semiconductor industry has …

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Accolades to Emcore Solar

The pioneering independent and proven leader in the compound semi-based terrestrial solar business is Emcore of Albuquerque, New Mexico USA. Leading a relatively quiet corporate existence recently, contrary to its early days as a MOCVD equipment innovator, Emcore has earned its way back to center stage with the recent announcement …

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