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Factory delays spurring higher cell efficiencies, finds NPD Solarbuzz

NPD Solarbuzz chart.

Solar PV manufacturers are stepping up R&D efforts to achieve greater efficiencies, with industry standard modules set to reach 275 W within a year, research finds.


French institute recognizes Hanwha Q CELLS' low carbon solar modules

Hanwha Q CELLS HQ, Germany.

Solstyce analyzed various data of Q CELLS' cell and module production and found that the products consumed less than 400 kg of C02 per kWp, making them eligible for public tender in France.


TÜV Rheinland announces major impact of climate on energy yield

TUV Rheinland PV module testing

In evaluating energy yield of solar modules in different climates, TÜV Rheinland reports that it expects yield differences of more than 10% for individual module types.


Add a pinch of salt for cheaper solar, say scientists

Salt deposits, Bolivia.

British scientists have discovered that magnesium chloride (salt found in seawater) is an effective replacement for cadmium chloride used during the production of solar panels, and is both a cheaper and less toxic alternative.


Wavelabs acquires Fraunhofer CSP as customer

WAVELABS' product.

Germany's Fraunhofer Institute has purchased Wavelabs' SINUS-220 solar simulator to bolster its PV testing and optimization research.


Hanergy to make Aston Martin Racing cars cool

Aston Martin Racing

The Chinese company is exploring wider applications of its technologies and investigating how solar can be incorporated into new areas to improve efficiency and enhance performance as part of its ambitious growth strategy.


Southern Research Institute completes solar research center

A solar cell from LG.

The new facility, located in Birmingham, Alabama, is intended to provide key insights into the optimal design of solar PV systems.


PV CYCLE elects international-looking board

PV module being recycled.

The European take-back and recycling association has appointed Luis Torres from SunPower as its new president, with other solar luminaries joining the board.


IEA publishes new reports on PV performance and reliability

TUV Rheinland PV module testing

The agency's first three published reports focus on PV performance and the impact of PV module failure of both crystalline silicon and thin-film technologies.


Chinese-made panels have twice the carbon footprint of European ones, study finds

Crystalline silicon cell in production in Europe.

Research from the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory finds that solar panels made in China have a higher overall carbon footprint during manufacturing stage.


US scientists study consumer interest in PV

Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico

Researchers at the Sandia National Laboratories say the project will help increase the United States' share of solar energy in the electricity market from its current share of less than .05% to at least 14% by 2030.


Understanding how electrons travel in crystal

Imec researcher David Cheyns holds a tube of fullerene

In their Nature paper, researchers from Imec and a number of U.S. universities discuss the importance of having crystals larger than 4 nm in the fullerene material of organic solar cells as a way to obtain cells with a maximal...


Midsummer reaches new efficiency record for CIGS solar cells

Midsummer flexible lightweight solar panel

The Swedish solar equipment manufacturer says the shift towards more rooftop installations make lightweight and flexible thin film solar cells ideal.


Japan reaches for stars to develop orbital solar

NASA concept of solar power satellite

"It would be difficult and expensive, but the payoff would be immense, and not just in economic terms," says Susumu Sasaki, professor emeritus at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.


TÜV Rheinland partners with TRaC Global on new desert climate tests

TUV Rheinland PV module testing

With an eye on the burgeoning PV market in the MENA region, the testing and certification organizations are bolstering test offerings for PV systems in desert conditions with simulated sandstorms.


German center to work with Saudi university

A collaboration between Stuttgart's ZSW and the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology could advance thin film solar and open up the MENA market.

The Stuttgart-based ZSW will work with the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. The five-year collaboration will drive research into the performance of thin film cells under desert conditions.


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