June 28, 2006 |
Oil giant BP pledged $5 million Tuesday to fund a five-year solar project at Caltech that would explore using tiny silicon rods to make solar cells absorb sunlight more efficiently. The research supplements a smaller collaboration between BP and Caltech that focuses on improving existing solar technology, said Jean Posbic, director of product development at BP Solar. "With this agreement, we're looking even further into the future, about five to 10 years out," he said.
February 7, 1995 |
Camarillo-based Siemens Solar Industries says its ProCharger 4JF solar module has met safety, reliability and performance requirements of Underwriter's Laboratories. The module has also been approved by the Commission of the European Communities, Siemens said. ProCharger is used in both consumer and industrial applications in converting solar energy to electrical power. According to Siemens, the module performed well when subjected to 6,000 volts in the European testing.
January 11, 2007 |
Ted Turner, the cable television billionaire and owner of vast tracts of land in the West, is forming a venture with a solar energy company targeting California markets. "Our future depends on changing the way we use energy," Turner said. "We've got to move away from fossil fuels and develop long-term energy solutions that work. Using clean energy technologies, such as solar power, is the right thing to do, and it represents a tremendous business opportunity."
February 10, 2012 |
An independent audit of the federal loan guarantee initiatives that backed the troubled solar technology company Solyndra failed to turn up the waste and broad incompetence that critics assert riddled the programs. But the audit showed the laws passed from 2005 to 2009 that established the programs in question at the Energy Department had few provisions for thorough monitoring and oversight of the loan guarantees once they were approved. One program created in 2007 did not “provide any requirements regarding governance and monitoring of loans after closing.” “Neither the statutes nor the regulations governing the programs specify internal or external oversight or reporting requirements,” the report concluded.
December 14, 2012 |
SolarCity Corp. stock surged 47% in its first day of trading, but analysts are skeptical that the Silicon Valley solar energy provider will be able to boost investor interest in the rest of the green-tech industry. The San Mateo, Calif., company's share price rose $3.79 to $11.79 after debuting Thursday. It raised $92 million by selling 11.5 million shares at $8 each, valuing the company at $584.6 million. But the path to the initial public offering was rocky, complicated by Wall Street concerns about the viability of the clean power industry.
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July 28, 2012 |
One of the holy grails of solar cell technology may have been found, with researchers at UCLA announcing they have created a new organic polymer that produces electricity, is nearly transparent and is more durable and malleable than silicon. The applications are mind-boggling. Windows that produce electricity. Buildings wrapped in transparent solar cells. Laptops and phones - or even cars or planes - whose outer coverings act as chargers. It might even be sprayed on as a liquid. The promise of cheap and easy-to-apply site-generated solar electricity might now be a lot closer to reality.
October 14, 2010 |
The decaying former headquarters of aviation giant Howard Hughes will be turned into an office campus for creative tenants as part of a $50-million makeover of the famous operation at Playa Vista. The complex includes the enormous hangar where Hughes built his infamous Spruce Goose airplane but is now used mostly as a sound stage for movie and television production. The seven-story structure will be upgraded to contain five sound stages that could be used simultaneously, new owner Wayne Ratkovich said.
April 2, 1985 |
When J. W. (Bill) Yerkes resigned abruptly from Arco Solar Inc. in January to start his own company using a new solar technology, the fledgling photovoltaic industry buzzed like an aging transformer. Yerkes, 51, was already widely known as an individualist who had combined the presidency of the Chatsworth-based photovoltaic company, a subsidiary of oil giant Atlantic Richfield Co., with a life style faintly reminiscent of the 1960s counterculture.