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

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

Fraunhofer ISE: Minimal deviation in module quality measurements globally

The Fraunhofer ISE CalLab PV Modules has compared the results of their PV modules measurements with three other top international measurement labs for PV modules. The round robin tests show that all measurements have a minimal...

New solar cell structure sets record

A new world record efficiency for solar sunlight conversion has been set by a cell structure with four solar sub-cells. The solar cell has managed to hit a new record efficiency of 44.7% and is the brainchild of researchers from...

ReneSola closes $70 million share offering in preparation for polysilicon optimization

Chinese PV manufacturer ReneSola successfully closes $70 million securities offering on the NYSE, announcing that proceeds received are to be used for polysilicon production optimization.

Sol Voltaics receives $9.4 million funding for nanotech development

The Sweden-based startup convinces Norwegian investors Umoe and others to invest close to $10 million to help the company develop the nanotechnology that can create 25% more efficient solar cells.

Scottish solar pyramid nominated for Solar Power Portal Award

Scotland Survey Solutions

Innovative solar system installed on a pyramid-shaped office building by the U.K.'s Sustainable Renewable Technologies (SRT) earns nomination for "Most Innovative System Design" in the Solar Power Portal Award.

Scatec Solar connects South Africa's first renewable independent power project to the grid

European PV specialists Scatec Solar connect their 75 MW solar plant to South Africa's grid three months ahead of schedule, making it the first renewable energy independent power producer procurement program (REIPPPP) in the...

North Carolina researchers improve stacked solar cell connections

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The breakthrough will allow solar cell manufacturers to create stacked solar cells that can handle high-intensity solar energies without losing voltage at the connecting junctions, potentially improving conversion efficiency.

Micro generation projects driving Portugal's new solar PV installations

Portugal added 16.8 MW of solar PV in May and June, but latest figures show that micro generation is still the country’s dominant sector.

SolarWorld to bring 500 kW of carport solar power to four Californian parks

SolarWorld Americas has begun work on constructing solar carports totaling more than 500 kW of power across four public parks in California, US.

First Solar and China Sunergy urge Indian government to drop dumping investigation

U.S. and Chinese manufacturers claim that India’s government is acting beyond the scope of its powers in a dumping probe they describe as "flawed."

Solar PV demand in the UK falls 46% in second quarter

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Solar market analyst NPD Solarbuzz reports that U.K. demand for solar PV decreased in the second quarter despite the country attaining GW-status in its end-market territory.

Western US renewables could become cost competitive by 2025

The NREL -- the U.S. Department of Energy's primary laboratory for renewable energy research -- predicts that solar power generation in western U.S. will be cost-competitive by 2025.

Developing better batteries

Researchers at Berkeley Lab have been awarded an R&D 100 Award for their work in developing PEFM, an adhesive that can be used as part of a battery's anode.

Perovskites for dramatically cheaper PV

An organic PV diagram.

The low-cost material perovskite is one of the latest developments in the field of organic photovoltaics. U.K. startup Oxford Photovoltaics is working to commercialize the technology.

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Plasmonic black metals in PV production

Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in the U.S. have made breakthroughs experimenting with black metals for the development of more efficient solar cells.

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