IBM has developed technology that will let solar cells withstand the heat of more than a 1,000 suns, CNet News reports. Specifically, the innovative research includes a new process for cooling concentrating photovoltaics (CPV)—a solar design where light is magnified onto high-performance solar cells. Currently, CPV cell efficiency “degrades at high heat and can damage, and conceivably destroy, equipment at extremely high temperatures,” according to CNet. With its liquid-metal cooling technique, adapted from high-powered computers' chips, IBM says it can refocus roughly three-quarters of the heat generated by a CPV system. While IBM has no plans to manufacture CPV devices, the company does hope to license its thermal interface layer to solar manufacturers, officials note. Meanwhile, IBM Research also is experimenting with "solution process" techniques for manufacturing CIGS cells, a method that could be an alternative to the slower evaporation process (LaMonica, CNet Green Tech Blog, 5/14/08).