Solar in Tibet:"Since 1990, China has been promoting the "Sunshine Program" and the "Light of Science Program" in disadvantageous Ngari Prefecture to build solar power stations there. By now, about 60 solar power stations have been built and 80 percent of nomadic Tibetans are using solar energy for light and warmth at night. In a nomadic tent set up in Coqen county, 65-year-old Tibetan Dagyi said .. "My home can save approximately 100 ghee [yak butter for light] each year, which we can sell for about 1,200 yuan (about 145 US dollars)," said Dagyi. ..
According to sources with the Solar Energy Promotion Center in Ngari Prefecture, solar energy development has been introduced notonly for lighting but other areas like heating, agriculture, herding and use in water conservancy projects. By the end of the year, solar lights will be available for nearly 70,000 Tibetans in the prefecture." 8:31:03 PM
: New Los Gatos company with several experienced execs. "A new photovoltaic materials manufacturer, Solaicx, announces that it has a new manufacturing technology that will supply its customer, the photovoltaic cell and module manufacturers, the material to create solar cells with high conversion-efficiency at very low cost and on a grand-scale. ..With eight U.S. patents in-process, Solaicx is attacking the cost structure of the expensive wafer, the heart of 86 percent of solar cells made today. Wafers typically account for 50 percent of a photovoltaic module's cost. The Solaicx solution:
-- Reduces the amount of silicon used;
-- Provides higher quality material that enables 21 percent solar cell
-- Creates the equipment and processes necessary for handling high
volumes of material.
"Most photovoltaic manufacturing companies use semiconductor capital equipment
to make solar cells. The photovoltaic industry is growing so rapidly that it
has become a materials handling business -- requiring square kilometers of
material each year. Solaicx is designing and building the equipment and
process specifically to produce square kilometers of photovoltaic material.
This is the key to making solar electricity more affordable."
"Our target customers are excited that our material is crystalline
silicon, the material used in the vast majority of solar cells sold today. It
is the ideal material for long-lasting, high efficiency solar cells. What's
more, Solaicx will provide these photovoltaic cell and module manufacturers
with an immense cost advantage." 8:24:52 PM