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DOE invests $21 million to speed solar adoption

The money will go to 17 projects designed to reduce soft costs and maximize solar’s benefits for states.

Ultra-high efficiency arrays being developed for the residential PV market

Insolight founders Laurent Coulot, Mathieu Ackermann and Florian Gerlich, holding an Insolight module. Image from Insolight.

Swiss startup Insolight is taking the initiative of concentrating sunlight onto space-age solar cells to make such technology affordable for residential PV customers, resulting in reduced costs for electricity consumption.

U.S. boosts energy storage 126% in Q2

Storage battery. Image by Andreas Schlegel.

According to the latest U.S. Energy Storage Monitor, a quarterly publication from GTM Research and the Energy Storage Association (ESA), the United States deployed 41.2 megawatts of energy storage in the second quarter of 2016,...

SMA intelligent management system now integrates Bosch and Siemens appliances

SMA smart home system. Image by SMA.

SMA's Sunny Home Manager has added the prestigious brands of Bosch and Siemens to the list of appliances that it can easily integrate, adding to its ability to optimize power usage from a residential solar system and to continue...

Asian growth to drive global DG solar boom — report

AES Distributed Energy 453 kW Rosamond CA. Image by AES Distributed Energy.

Falling technology costs and international efforts to reduce carbon emissions will help make PV the biggest segment of the global distributed-generation market in the coming years, led by rapid growth in Asia, according to a new...

Quality: Minor differences in yield percentage make the difference between good and bad investment

George Touloupos at Intersolar Europe 2016.

Changing technology, pressure to cut costs, dizzying price slumps and a number of other issues make solar module quality control as relevant as ever. The danger that modules could fail outright remains slim, so module reliability...

Philae's comet location revealed while Rosetta's PV prepares for last adventure

ESA's Rosetta spacecraft. Image by C. Carreau ATG medialab.

The European Space Agency (ESA) has tracked down Philae, Rosetta's spacecraft probe, resting in a dark crack on Comet 67P. The news bears great scientific significance for ESA as well as a certain emotional value for PV fans who...

Jinko Solar and Heraeus enter into fresh collaboration

Heraeus paste. Image by Heraeus.

The established partners enter a new phase of their cooperation, as Jinko Solar is using Heraeus Photovoltaics’ front-side silver paste on its new high-efficiency solar cells.

USAID to fund solar research projects in India and Morocco

USAID logo. Image by USAID.

The U.S. Agency for International development (USAID) announced that it will provide USD10 million in funding to a number of projects aimed at addressing critical areas of development, two of the projects center on solar research...

Dyesol secures $1m funding for Perovskite cell research

Dyesol's research has uncovered efficiency improvement potential when combing TiO2 with Perovskite cells.

The grant from the U.K.'s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council will enable the Australian organic cell developer to better understand the impact of halide modified titania on Perovskite cell performance.

Hareon is investing in a new PV research institute

China national flag. Flickr image by Renato Ganoza.

Chinese PV firm Hareon Solar Technology has announced that it will make a 10 million yuan investment in a new PV research institute, which will help to support its solar business.

Lithium-ion battery test centre opens in Canberra, Australia

Canberra landscape.

The Canberra Institute of Technology has opened the new facility, backed by a A$450,000 ($344,525) grant from Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), to assess the potential for residential energy storage.

Grid-scale battery storage not yet 'panacea' for Australia renewables

Battery storage system for solar. Image by Solarpraxis.

A senior solar energy researcher from the University of Queensland has questioned the role of grid-scale battery storage as the "missing link" of Australia's shift to renewables, and suggested that much more research needs to be...

Berkeley and GRID research partnership to explore off-grid solar potential

University of California, Berkeley Campus. Flickr image by brainchildvn

The University of California's Berkeley research institute has teamed up with GRID Alternatives to study 'energy access' off-grid solar projects with a view to expanding the reach of off-grid solar around the world.

France gets a step closer to solar roads

The worlds largest PV sound barrier at Freising, Germany. Image by

French energy minister Ségolène Royal has inaugurated a manufacturing plant that will produce the so-called "Wattway" paving, made of solar PV. One of its pilot projects will be a 1 kilometer solar road, built in the same region...

Danish university develops tungsten-based technique to capture broader solar wavelength

Aalborg University.

Researchers at Aalborg University are working on a new approach at capturing a broader spectrum of sunlight using new, high-temperature materials that can withstand 800 degrees Celsius and convert sunlight into electricity.

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