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tekochip
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tekochip   5/25/2013 10:09:50 AM
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My guess is that the big difference between 25 and 30 percent will be the cost? Right now the threshold of pain for panel efficiency is about 15%. Yes, you can get a 25% panel, but the cost begins to rise sharply. Maybe the new material will allow for a cost-effective 30% panel.


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Ann R. Thryft   5/24/2013 12:50:39 PM
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Thanks for covering this, Elizabeth. Sounds like an important step forward for solar power. I'm not clear how the increase from 25 to 30 percent efficiency qualifies as "huge," but if efficiency could be pushed even further, beyond 30 percent as the article mentions, that's significant.



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NadineJ   5/24/2013 10:56:13 AM
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Agreed.  Many titles here use hyperbole.  Words like dramatically or "best...ever" can create high expectations.  The researchers are very excited about it.  As I always say, I'd like to see more analysis on the site. 

This is moving in the right direction.  Let's see where it goes.

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naperlou   5/24/2013 9:11:33 AM
Elizabeth, well this is something.  I think the headline on the article overstates the potential.  It looks like a 9% increase in electron production.  This is good, but not the quite as amazing as I thought when I read the title.

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