Tokyo-based Electric Power Subsidiary partners with AP Solar in 400 MW Texas Solar Project

LCG, August 6, 2020—J-Power USA Development Co, a subsidiary of the Electric Power Development Co. headquartered in Tokyo, has joined a joint venture to develop a 400 MW Texas solar project.

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Texas Solar Project Sold to CIP

LCG, July 31, 2020—An affiliate of Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners has completed purchase of a 350 MW solar photovoltaic project near the Houston metro area from Solar Plus Development Inc. and Avondale Solar.

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Cheaper, Plastic Solar Cells to Come

LCG, April 1, 2002-- Semiconducting plastics may make solar cells easier and much cheaper to make.

Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a nano-scale combination of conducting rods and liquefied semiconducting plastic. The neophyte cell produces a tiny bit of electricity and will take a decade or so of development before being applied commercially. However, the use of specially designed and carefully manipulated molecules have opened up the range of possibilities for solar cells, which up to now have been most successfully made from silicon.

The Berkeley team, headed by Paul Alivisatos, receives federal funding from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, less than $300,000 for three years.

According to the Sacramento Bee, Alivisatos says that the group's photovoltaic process could be used in small applications within 2 to 5 years.

Silicon and other crystalline semiconductors are costly to produce because of their high melting temperatures and the need for extremely "clean" production conditions. Recently discovered plastic semiconductors are much cheaper to produce.
While today solar energy involves the roundabout process of heating water into steam to power electricity-producing turbines, solar cells sidestep the turbine and convert the sun's rays directly into electricity.

U.S. and Japanese researchers, including University of California, Santa Barbara professor Alan Heeger, shared the Nobel prize in 2000 for plastic conductivity.

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