Solar technology advancements have captured the imaginations of the solar industry - consumers, engineers, policymakers, installers, investment firms, and more.

Through trial and error, promising improvements move from laboratories to manufacturing facilities to demonstration projects to commercialization, and have lowered costs and increased efficiencies.  The laboratory announcements of today turn into the new products of tomorrow five to ten years from now.  Photovoltaic panels and concentrating solar power technologies are prime focuses, but supporting technologies such as inverters and energy storage methods are equally as important over the long-term.