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Perovskite solar cell reaches 20.3% efficiency

Stanford scientist working on perovskite solar cells. Image: Stanford Precourt Institute for energy

Scientists from Stanford University and Oxford University have been working on solar cells made with perovskite crystal stacked in tandem, and in a recent breakthrough have achieved an energy efficiency of 20.3% using the cells,...

Canadian PM Trudeau proposes significant prices to be put on carbon emissions

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Flickr image by Alex Guibord.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau set out a plan to put a CAD 10 (USD 7.6) per tonne price on all carbon pollution by 2018, which would then rise to CAD 50 per tonne by 2022, as he shows a stern resolve to tackle climate change head...

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A tough week of tariff cuts and bankruptcies for the solar industry, although a few success stories from California, India and the Middle East serve to lighten the mood. The strange story of a potential lifeline for SunEdison, as...

HPQ's Purevap process for transforming quartz into solar grade metal exceeds expectation during first test

First nuggets of high purity silicon metal produced using the Purevap process. Image by PyroGenesis Canada.

The innovative process that transforms quartz into solar grade metal in one-step is being developed by PyroGenesis Canada, and has achieved encouraging purity levels as high as 99.97% during the first series of testing.

Google solar project wins UN climate solutions award

Google-led Project Sunroof. Image by Google.

Project Sunroof, an initiative led by Google, has been announced as one of 13 winners of the United Nations 'Momentum for Change' climate change award, by enabling tens of millions of Americans to evaluate the solar potential of...

European researchers achieve 17.8 percent perovskite/CIGS mini module

perovskite CIGS module

Scientists from three research groups in Germany and Belgium have produced a perovskite/CIGS PV mini module with a conversion efficiency of 17.8%. The result marks the first time that the efficiency of a perovskite/CIGS stack PV...

Avancis partners with Sunpartner for BIPV market

Avancis PowerMax Skala PV modules on a construction in planning in Poland. Image by Avancis.

German PV module manufacturer Avancis has signed a strategic partnership with French solar tech company Sunpartner Technologies to incorporate its CIGS thin-film PV cells into Sunpartner’s energy generating glass.

Heliatek raises EUR 80m for OPV expansion


The German developer of organic PV materials has raised a sizable amount of funding to finance its manufacturing expansion and worldwide market development.

Huge growth in PV and wind helped renewables grow to over 30% of installed global power

Image by World Energy Council.

The encouraging news that renewables now account for over 30% of global installed power generation capacity was part of a World Energy Council report, which highlighted the success of solar PV and wind energy, and set out...

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Kaneka achieves new efficiency record for a practical size crystalline silicon PV cell

Panasonic HIT cell. Image by Panasonic.

The Japanese tech company broke the existing record with an impressive efficiency of 26.33% – the first time that 26% has been breached – during a NEDO project, which Kaneka Corporation hopes will lead the solar industry towards...

EU PVSEC to be hosted separately from Intersolar Europe in 2017

Intersolar Europe 2016.

After a short-lived collaboration, Europe's two major solar events will be hosted four months apart in 2017, with EU PVSEC opting to travel to Amsterdam for its world leading PV solar energy conference.

Solar Power International 2016: Five key takeaways

Photo: Nicole Hubbs

This year's SPI trade show comes at a time of dynamic growth for the solar industry and an increasing integration of solar into energy management. But not all the news is good.

China Singyes to spin off materials unit

China Singyes Solar Technologies Holdings has confirmed that it has received formal approval to list shares of its Singyes New Materials subsidiary on the Hong Kong stock exchange’s secondary board.

NREL takes lead on $30m consortium to improve PV technology performance

The DOE SunShot Initiative will fund the consortium to the tune of $30m over the next five years.

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory will lead a consortium comprising Sandia National Laboratories and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on the development of new solar module materials.

Strong investment in German PV production equipment during Q2

German national flag. Flickr image by prizepony.

Sector research from the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) shows that sales of German PV production equipment in the second quarter of 2016 grew 55% from Q1, continuing a trend which has seen orders of German equipment...

Singulus gets prepayment notification from CNBM for CIGS equipment

Singulus building in Germany. Image by Singulus Technologies.

The German PV production equipment supplier has received an announcement that it has finally been sent prepayment for the EUR110 million of CIGS equipment from China National Building Materials (CNBM).

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