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FOE: Finance for 100% renewables exist, but policies are absent

Solar is again the renewables king, accroding to FOE

In a new report, Friends of the Earth (FOE) calculates that switching to 100% renewable energy in Africa, Latin America and most of Asia by 2030 would cost US$5.15 trillion – equivalent to the amount held by the world’s 782...

SolarReserve receives CSP SunShot award, to advance storage technology

SolarReserve installed the 110 MW Crescent Dune CSP plant in Nevada with the help of a $737 million DOE loan

SolarReserve LLC has received an award from the U.S. Department of Energy under the SunShot Initiative to advance its CSP technology. With the help of a US$2.4 million grant, the company aims to improve its molten salt energy...

California: EPRI, SunEdison partner on net-zero energy home pilot project

Antioch, California, homes, Yingli rooftop installations

The program will be crucial in evaluating how net-zero energy homes that generate and store their own energy impact the local electricity grid. California is aiming to have all new homes net-zero starting in 2020, and all new...

Fraunhofer debuts world record 25.1% efficient TOPCon solar cell

The Fraunhofer has created a full-area passivated back contact solar cell

The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE has achieved an efficiency of 25.1% on a both sides-contacted silicon solar cell. In addition to increasing efficiencies, the TOPCon technology is said to simplify...

Polish perovskites attracts Japanese investor

Saule Technologies team with a contract thing.

Perovskite startup Saule Technologies has attracted investment for Japan’s Hideo Sawada, one year after the company launched. Saule is attempting to commercialize perovskite semiconductor on flexible PET substrates, which was...

Dyesol claims perovskite stability breakthrough

Dyesol material.

Australian organic PV and perovskite solar cell (PSC) developer Dyesol claims to have made a significant breakthrough in perovskite stability for solar applications. The company claims to have produced 1cm squared perovskite...

Natcore aims for 2016 production of silver-less solar cells; companies express interest

Natcore will hold high efficiency laboratory demonstrations in the next two to three months

Natcore Technologies Inc. has said pilot demonstration of its silver-less solar PV cells is expected in early 2016, with production available later in the year, if successful. To date, four companies have expressed interest in...

Adler, viamon pilot project sees theft protection installed in 18 MW PV park

The anti-theft device is said to be the world’s first GPS-based safety concept for PV installations

Adler Solar and viamon have completed a joint pilot project in the U.K., which saw theft protection devices installed in an 18 MW solar PV park. The companies claim to have built the world’s first GPS-based safety concept for PV...

Natcore swaps silver for aluminum in solar cells

Nacore Technology has eliminated silver from a solar cell

In what is expected to bring "substantial" cost savings to the industry, Natcore technology Inc. says it has successfully swapped silver for aluminum in its solar cells. A provisional patent application will now be filed.

Hawaii, Scotland present energy storage approaches for Australia

AECOM sees energy storage as boosting RE deployment

Energy storage is on course to see a boom similar to that in the solar market; Australia aims to tap this potential to facilitate the further roll out of renewables. A new study has identified key investment areas, and barriers,...

Germany targeting 22.5% PERC efficiency

Demand for PERC solar cells is on the up

The SolarWorld coordinated "HELENE" research project, which set a new world record for PERC efficiency last month, is targeting an efficiency of 22.5% for industrially manufactured monocrystalline p-Type PERC solar cells by the...

EcoSolifer aims for mass HJT solar production with $29.5 million cell line

Last February, Meyer Burger and CSEM joined forces on a 600 kW pilot production facility for high-efficiency PV cells employing HJT in a demo system

EcoSolifer has signed contracts with Meyer Burger worth around CHF 29 million (approx. US$29.5 million) for a HJT solar cell line. The Hungarian technology manufacturer aims to begin production of the high efficiency cells in Q1...

Tesla's storage solutions sell out

According to Tesla's Q2 2015 earnings report, the company has reduced full-year delivery outlook for its vehicles, causing Tesla shares to fall yesterday. However, its storage solutions are seeing a surge in demand.

Lithuanian university develops new generation organic semi-conductors

Researchers at the Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) in Lithuania have announced the development of a cheaper semi-conductor for use in hybrid solar cells. The development has been registered at the European Patent Office.

Imec perovskite breakthrough yields 11.9% efficiency

Imec's perovskite thin film PV module has achieved conversion efficiencies above 11% in recent tests.

Belgian nano-electronics researchers Imec achieve record active area efficiency on thin film perovskite PV cell, measured over an aperture area of 16cm2.

US: Solar to account for 24% of cumulative microgrid capacity by 2020

Microgrids increasingly emerging as a PV integration strategy

A new GTM Research report estimates that the U.S. microgrid market will reach a cumulative capacity of around 2.8 GW in 2020. Of this, renewables are set to account for 26%, led by solar.

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