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15 Apr 11
Cell hits 43.5% as Solar Junction awaits DOE decision

The start-up sets a world record for solar cell efficiency, but is waiting on a loan guarantee to scale up production to a commercial level.

12 Apr 11
SunShot program earmarks $170M for PV projects

Latest solar electricity initiative follows up $112.5 million award and Sematech collaboration with a $170 million funding program.

01 Apr 11
Nine new photonics projects funded by UK's TSB

Of the 43 projects to receive a total £18M funding from the Technology Strategy Board, nine relate directly to photonics.

23 Mar 11
Smoke, mirrors and EUV lithography

After decades in development and years behind schedule, it looks like extreme UV lithography is finally closing in on commercialization.

15 Mar 11
Osram researchers claim new white LED record

Laboratory record of 142 lm/W efficacy for a warm-white LED shows progress in development of residential solid-state lighting.

14 Feb 11
Sarnoff, HRL to lead PIC projects for DARPA

Development teams headed up by Sarnoff and HRL Laboratories will work on photonic integrated circuits (PICs) for optical beam steering.

09 Feb 11
SunShot initiative targets grid-parity PV by 2020

US Department of Energy program with echoes of Kennedy's "moon-shot" goal begins with a $27M investment in solar technologies (updated Feb 14).

03 Feb 11
Doors open at new silicon photonics foundry

Intel-backed OpSIS officially kicked off on February 1, and is now looking for partners and to recruit staff interested in silicon photonics.

26 Jan 11
Oxford spin-out touts printed solar cells

Start-up company believes that its organic solar cell technology has potential to reach conversion efficiencies of around 10%.

18 Jan 11
Multiphoton microscopy aids bird flu fight

UK collaboration uses fluorescence resonance energy transfer technique to study interaction between viruses and chicken cells.

22 Dec 10
Scaled ultrafast power to speed industrial uptake

A German team produces the first femtosecond laser system with kilowatt-level average power and good beam quality.

16 Dec 10
Photonics projects get $7.4M in NIST funding

Organic PV and novel LCD technology are among the latest projects to receive financial backing as part of NIST's Technology Innovation Program.

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