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  •  you need disclaimer in 1st paragraph (1+ / 0-)
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    Nance

    this is early stage lab --  how manyyears to a commercial product?

    what is chance of being in market?

    what is chance / timeline to meaningful impact on energy situation?

    sigh ...

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    by A Siegel on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 04:17:04 AM PST

    •  Early research (1+ / 0-)
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      There's only so much you can put in the first paragraph.

      Hopefully, most folks who follow research understand that the path between technical feasibility and commercialization is a long, treacherous path.

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      by ChuckInReno on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 09:44:08 AM PST

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      •  Read the opening ... (0+ / 0-)
        Yeah, I know: every week, somebody somewhere announces some sort of solar cell "breakthrough" that turns out to be ... well, not much. I see them all the time too.

        This one is different. Simple. Elegant. Easy to manufacture. And incredibly useful for solar cells of all types, especially thin-film cells. Follow below the arabesque to find out why.

        "This one is different ..." is a hyping element that points to the exact reverse as to my point for some qualifying commentary.

        If you look at the history of tech "breakthrough" diaries that make top of rec'd list here at DKos, these have all too often been university press release material that falls into obscurity and we haven't heard more from them since ...

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        by A Siegel on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 06:18:11 PM PST

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