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Solexel raises $31 million in D-round financing

The Solexel cell.

Thin-crystalline cell and module startup Solexel has closed a D-round of financing, bringing in a further $31 million. The funds will be used to begin commercial production of its advanced thin-silicon PV modules.


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.


Researchers develop 'unleaded' solar cell

Northwestern University

Employing tin instead of lead, the new cell may well lead to an environmentally friendly breakthrough in photovoltaics.


A big step for LED flashers in cell production

LED flashers.

Hanwha Q Cells adopts LED flasher from Wavelabs as a fully fledged replacement for the xenon flasher during cell testing and production.


Differentiating thin film

Looking towards the sun

Some industry representatives have raised more than a big question mark as to what the future holds for the production of thin film modules. A quick spot check shows, however, that things are developing and progressing swiftly...


Google buys solar-powered drone company

Titan Aerospace drone.

The tech giant snaps up New Mexico-based Titan Aerospace, a startup that is developing unmanned, solar-powered jets designed to fly nonstop for years at a time.


Solar Frontier sets thin-film PV world record with 20.9% CIS cell

Solar Frontier plant

Germany's Fraunhofer Institute has verified the new CIS conversion efficiency breakthrough, achieved at the Atsugi Research Center (ARC) in Kanagawa, Japan.


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