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Nanosolar – Solar cheaper than coal! – Video and more news

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

Nanosolar – Solar now cheaper than coal article!

Further Reading (by celsias):

* Popular Science, Nov 12, 2007
Nanosolar: Top Innovation of the Year 2007
* Forbes, July 9, 2007
Solar Power Heats Up With Nanotechnology
* Plenty Magazine, March 17, 2007
Nanosolar: #1 of Green Energy Top 20 (PDF)
* Energy and Capital, March 16, 2007
A New Day Dawns for Solar
U.S. DoE selects Nanosolar for $20m grant
* National Geographic, Aug 2005
Powering the Future
* History Channel, Dec 30, 2004
Modern Marvels: Energy Technology (MPEG video)

Solar Milestone Quietly Announced on Nanosolar Blog

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

Extracted from NanoSolar Blog

NanoSolar Panel

After five years of product development – including aggressively pipelined science, research and development, manufacturing process development, product testing, manufacturing engineering and tool development, and factory construction – we now have shipped first product and received our first check of product revenue.

We are grateful to everyone who supported us through all these years and the many occasions where there appeared to be mile-high concrete walls in our path; the unusual intensity and creativity of our team deserves all the credit for achieving this major milestone today.

Our product is defining in more ways I can enumerate here but includes:

– the world’s first printed thin-film solar cell in a commercial panel product;

– the world’s first thin-film solar cell with a low-cost back-contact capability;

– the world’s lowest-cost solar panel – which we believe will make us the first solar manufacturer capable of profitably selling solar panels at as little as $.99/Watt;

– the world’s highest-current thin-film solar panel – delivering five times the current of any other thin-film panel on the market today and thus simplifying system deployment;

– an intensely systems-optimized product with the lowest balance-of-system cost of any thin-film panel – due to innovations in design we have included.

Today we are announcing that we have begun shipping panels for freefield deployment in Eastern Germany and that the first Megawatt of our panels will go into a power plant installation there.

As far as the first three of our commercial panels are concerned:

Panel #1 will remain at Nanosolar for exhibit.

Panel #2 can be purchased by you in an auction on eBay starting today.

Panel #3 has been donated to the Tech Museum in San Jose.

[These are obviously not the first three we ever produced – we have produced loads for testing – but these are the first three of what we consider our commercial panels.]


Friday, December 7th, 2007

SOLARCATCH Logo 50 Percent

Did you ever think about installing a solar panel system on your house, but wondered if it is the right thing to do looking at a payback of investment time of up to five years? We, AnConn Energy, hold the key to a patent-pending technology that can triple the amount of electricity from solar energy when compared to other solar power generating technologies. Our planet is in the middle of an energy crisis, the solution and technology is called SOLARCATCH, let’s do it!

This is the logo of this years product that we are representing at the MIT 100k Entrepreneurship Competition. We might still change the font, we will see
More INFO to come!


Friday, December 7th, 2007

Once again I decided to join the 100k Entrepreneurship competition. This time with a team from NY collaborating on a solar panel invention that could potentially triple the efficiency of todays solar energy systems. The technology is called SOLARCATCH. On Monday, this week, we entered the Warm-Up Challenge called 100k Entrepreneurship Executive Summary Contest. The award ceremony will take place on the 13th of December. Let’s see what happens.

Showcase Ideastream 2007 in Boston

Thursday, April 12th, 2007

Daniel Pressl’s and Stephen Steiner present at this years Showcase Ideastream 2007 in Boston.


We got great Feedback about our product during our talk, as well as at the poster session, where we proudly presented our 100K Semi Finals Certificate, as well as our Director’s Award from ISN.

Daniel Pressl's and Stephen Steiner's Executive Summary about SuperInsulation wins the semi-finals at this year's Spring $100K Semi-Final Awards Ceremony

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

“Now we are heading towards the finals, at the end of April, facing 21 other semi-finalists. We are really proud and this is a great start!” ~DI Daniel G Pressl


Semifinalists DI Daniel Pressl and Stephen Steiner

See the webcast of the

Spring $100K Semi-Final Awards Ceremony:

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DI Daniel Pressl and DeltaX receive $1000 of funding at the ISN Soldier Design Competition semifinals

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

S.M. Stephen Steiner III and DI Daniel Pressl in front of their poster featuring the design of a novel insulation material approach for army needs.

The team DeltaX was cheered upon introducing their novel approach of combining new materials into a simple design to make insulation superior to any currently in use. The team received the maximum amount of funding of $1000 and is already planning to build the prototype to compete at the finals, spring 2007.

ISN in the NEWS

2003, MIT contest designed to help soldiers

At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s first annual Soldier Design Competition, an auditorium of students listened intently to a towering paratrooper in a buzz cut. While he spoke, students took turns trying on his Kevlar vest. The body armor, made of a carbon composite material, weighs 16 pounds — about the heft of a typical college backpack — and it is hard to imagine strapping it on during a hot day in Iraq.

The paratrooper, Lieutenant Col. Charles Dean, who wore the jacket and 90 pounds of additional gear when he fought in Afghanistan last year, said it was unbelievably uncomfortable, but better than no protection at all.

That’s why Dean was at the event: To see if any of the fresh-faced students before him can help the Army keep its soldiers safe without weighing them down so much. Dean wants them to use their engineering creativity to design better protective clothing, backpacks and even quiet Velcro that won’t attract the enemy’s attention when ripped open on the battlefield.

The prize: $5,000 and the chance to put their technology on the market.

Each five-member team — which must include at least two students and be rounded out by others with an MIT connection — has until Monday to come up with a rough scheme. A panel of scientists and senior military personnel will winnow those ideas down on Nov. 17 to semifinalists, who will get $750 to spend on materials to build a prototype. First-, second- and third-prize winners will be declared in February.

Competition categories include making bolt cutters that are smaller and lighter than the current Army-issued version, which weigh 10 pounds. Soldiers have been buying their tools from Home Depot instead.

And then there is the “holy grail,” a self-cooling soldier suit.

“Managing a person’s temperature while they work is a hard problem,” said Edwin “Ned” Thomas, MIT professor of Materials Science and director of the school’s Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies. “Solutions can’t be bulky. If you are in Iraq and Afghanistan and the air temperature is 110 degrees, and you are carrying a rucksack and body armor, your body temperature may go up to 125 degrees.”

“The idea was to tap into the talent pool of undergrads and get students thinking about real Army problems,” Thomas said. The contest is sponsored by corporate partners such as DuPont, Dow Corning and Raytheon.


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