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Latest solar breakthroughs featured at O+P

Attendees of SPIE Optics+Photonics were treated to speakers detailing the most recent developments in the field of solar energy and technology.

On Sunday, 10 August, Richard King, director of the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) Solar Decathlon, spoke about his experiences running this annual competition where 20 university teams from around the world build zero-energy prototype homes, temporarily installed on the Capitol Mall in Washington, DC.

At the Solar Energy Plenary session, 11 August, Joseph J. Michalsky, Jr. of the NOAA Earth System Research Lab. addressed the effect of the earth's environment on solar radiation and how that impacts solar energy collection. Harry Atwater of the California Institute of Technology spoke of recent developments in solar cells, and how nano structures and the field of plasmonics may enhance the collection and conversion efficiency of solar cells of the future.

Read about all the talks from the O+P Onsite News.