The number of firms that have activity in the OLED lighting space continues to grow and with the exception of firms whose principle interest is luminaires all or any of them could influence the materials space in a number of ways.  In particular, we note that – as the analysis above indicates – although there are many ways to make an OLED light at the present time, it seems very likely that as the industry matures this variety will be reduced both by accepted industry standards and practices and by the need to settle on a few materials that can be produced in large quantities.

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The escalating costs of the Boulder SmartGridCity – the project will now cost at least $44.8 million and not the original $15.3 million – is being presented as incompetence on the part of Xcel Energy and possibly of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission as well. (  It is certainly arguable that both sides could have done a better job of handling their role in the project.  But we think that, in the end, the kind of oversight that the PUCs are supposed to have for such projects may do more harm than good. 

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Let’s face it this has not been a good year for “warmists” as the believers in human-induced climate change are sometimes derogatorily called.  Revelations of what, at best, can be called shoddy workmanship by researchers, but what may actually may be closer to fraud, have tainted beyond repair the credibility of the “global warming” alarmists.  The poke in the eye for climate scientists has been even more telling because the publications that have been actively reporting their sins have often been impeccably left-leaning; for example witness the reports by the British Guardian newspaper on the climate scandals at the University of East Anglia.  No great right-wing conspiracy this.  We might also note that back in the U.S.A, one of the warmists’ fondest dreams took a nosedive last week when Senator Reid announced that the so-called "cap-and-trade' energy proposal that passed the U.S. House of Representatives last year would not be taken up by the Senate.

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NanoMarkets believes that the market for OLED lighting will result in billions of dollars of revenues by the middle of this decade.  For now, however, the OLED light is a high-priced niche – or even novelty – item.  In this article – based on NanoMarkets’ latest research – we explain how we think that the OLED lighting market will get to be so big.

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While revenues from the thin-film/printable battery market are negligible right now, NanoMarkets’ analysis believes they could reach over a $1.0 billion by 2015.  However, this encouraging forecast begs the question of how battery firms can best tap into this opportunity.  With this in mind, this article describes the strategies that thin-film/printable battery firms are and should adopt to penetrate their addressable markets.

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How OPV Can Survive

Organic photovoltaics (OPV) is the cheapest way to make PV electricity, right?  The printing presses can run 24x7 to inundate us with cheap solar power that can be put into anything from window blinds to backpacks to cell phone cases, right?  These are supposed to be the things that will deliver OPV to become the highest-volume PV technology in the world. But this turns out to have been the wrong approach.  Maybe OPV can be cheaper than cadmium telluride PV (CdTe) or maybe not.  But for sure, with OPV’s low efficiency and limited lifetime it would need to be a whole lot cheaper than CdTe to compete in the same markets.  The supply-limited market of 2007-early 2008 is long gone and PV products need to compete on their merits and usefulness.

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The Return of the Indium Scare?

In our coverage of Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) and thin-film PV including CIGS, we repeatedly see concerns about the cost and supply of indium. Now, these concerns mainly involve grumbling about indium's or ITO's price rather than its availability, especially since the economy collapsed in 2008, and even the cost has been less pressing of an issue since indium fell to the "bargain" price of $300 at that time. But indium prices are now pressing toward $600 a kilogram, and economic growth will certainly push the price up higher.

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