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How does solar conversion work now and how do we want it to work in the future? Paul Altivisatos, interim director for Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory at UC Berkeley, explains how a solar cell works and how the solar energy of the future, via a solar fuel generator that converts energy the same way plants do, can become more efficient. He says that rather than looking for what's next, he looks to the end result--an ideal usage for materials.
At the Intersolar Conference in San Francisco, Scott Stephens, Photovoltaic Specialist for the U.S. Department of Energy, explains why he's optimistic about the future. He expects the market to stabilize and manufacturing to begin to consolidate. In addition, he says, the DOE is always searching for solar technology that improves on efficiency, scalability, and durability.