On the lookout for the next big thing in solar

Next-gen solar technology is being purchased by major Asian manufacturers, but if they want to turn potential into game-changing tech, they're going to need patience.

Big Asian manufacturers are scooping up next-generation US solar technology on the cheap, but face a long slog to turn these start-ups into serious competitors for the Chinese panel makers that now dominate the market.

Earlier this month, China's Hanergy became the latest Asian manufacturer to make a bet on a US maker of solar panels that use copper indium gallium selenide technology, or CIGS, when it agreed to buy Silicon Valley startup Miasole.

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