Extremetech has a fascinating (and encouraging) article on some technological advances that are pushing the solar energy envelope. Innovation begets innovation which will hopefully begets less dependence on hydrocarbon-derived power.
"Twin Creeks, a solar power startup that emerged from hiding today, has developed a way of creating photovoltaic cells that are half the price of today’s cheapest cells, and thus within reach of challenging the fossil fuel hegemony. The best bit: Twin Creeks’ photovoltaic cells are created using a hydrogen ion particle accelerator."
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