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CIGS, Sprayable Batteries, Smart Grid and More From Dow Jones Conference

Michael Kanellos: October 21, 2008, 6:18 PM
The Dow Jones Alternative Energy Innovations conference is taking place this week and, if you can't make it, here are a few highlights. Telio Solar more fully unveiled its strategy at the event. (The company has mostly been in stealth mode, but here's an early story.) The company, the latest entrant into the CIGS market, has licensed a CIGS cell from the Institute of Energy Conversion at the University of Delaware and has devised a manufacturing process to go around it. Telio's process, which revolves around chemical deposition and evaporation, takes 17 steps in all, CEO Gapseong Noh told me in an interview. But the best part is that it heavily leverages the machinery and...

Is This the Way to Build Electric Cars?

Michael Kanellos: October 21, 2008, 5:29 PM

Ultracapacitors have been a star attraction in scientific research for years, but the component might be best suited for a supporting role in the commercial world, says Alex Shnaydruk at APowerCap Technologies.

APowerCap Technologies is trying to bring a novel breed of ultracapacitors — which are essentially holding tanks for electrons — to the automotive and electronics market in a way that better fits economic reality. APowerCap won’t sell ultracapacitors to power electric cars. Instead, it is prepping a line of ultracapacitors to charge the batteries in electric cars, which will in turn run the car. That’s similar to the way General Motors will use a gas generator to...

Smart Grid Business Models Taking Shape

Michael Kanellos: October 21, 2008, 6:27 AM
One of the reasons the PC market took off so rapidly in the 1980s and '90s was that everyone seemed to quickly know their place in the world. Intel shuttled off memory and focused almost exclusively on processors and chipsets. PC makers in turn stopped making chipsets and other components to focus on logistics and cost cutting. Networking people stuck to networking. The world went horizontal, companies carved out tiny niches, and the whole market grew. The same forces are starting to work their magic in the smart grid world and will likely turn "smart grid" from an amorphous, catch-all category to something that's easier to grasp. EnerNoc, one of the first smart grid companies,...