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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...

US Energy Department: US$22.7 million for 23 solar tech projects

Combined solar and storage

The new government program is aimed at supporting projects with the potential to significantly reduce the costs for solar energy systems while also boosting U.S. competitiveness and strengthening the country's clean energy...

German research reveals keys to "perpetual youth" batteries

Researcher with equipment

Researchers from Germany's Technical University of Munich (TUM) have discovered key processes by which lithium ion batteries lose capacity. The scientists believe that battery life can be enhanced through adjusting the process by...

New approach greatly enhances pervoskite stability

Pervoskite cell from UCLA.

UCLA researchers have developed a metal oxide sandwich perovskite cell that enhances the stability of the promising semiconductor by more than 10 times. The approach uses two metal oxide layers on either side of the perovskite...

Australia considers new off-grid, 100% renewables town in Hunter Valley

Coal mining is the main industry in Hunter Valley

Hunter Valley in Australia’s New South Wales is set to see its first new town in 50 years. The aim is to have the 20,000 strong residential development powered by a 100% renewable microgrid. AU$1.1 million is being invested in...

European researchers develop perovskite-HJT solar cell

Oxford PV cell

A research team from the Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin (HZB) and Ècole Polytechnique Fédérale (EPF) has developed a method to produce perovskite-heterojunction crystalline silicon tandem solar cells. Having produced an 18% efficiency...

INDEOtec supplies Octopus PECVD tool to U.S. research group

Octopus II tool.

Switzerland PECVD equipment startup will supply one of its Octopus II systems to a U.S.-based research group. It is the fifth Octopus system INDEOtec has supplied to laboratories globally.

Solar Decathlon: Stevens wins top honors

U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon winners

The New Jersey-based research university won big for designing, building and operating the most cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive solar powered house. Other winners included UC Davis and Mass/Central America.

Germany: 293 GW solar potential

Germany has the potential to install 143 GW of ground-mounted solar PV systems

In a study, researchers identified that 143 GW of solar PV could be installed, restriction-free, on just 0.9% of Germany’s landmass. Another 150 GW would be possible on rooftops. In this case, however, it will depend on how solar...

Panasonic announces 22.5% module-level efficiency solar panel

Panasonic HIT cell.

Company claims new solar module prototype sets new world record for module-level efficiency based on mass-production technology. New HIT N330 high-powered module set to debut in U.K.

SolarCity to begin production of >22% efficient PV modules this month

Calling it the “world's most efficient rooftop solar panel”, the company says it will produce PV modules with greater than 22% efficiency at a pilot facility.

Cloaking technology refracts light around metallization fingers

German researchers have applied the approach used by invisibility cloak research to direct sunlight around busbars and metallization fingers to potentially increase PV cell and module efficiency. The research was carried out by a...

INDEOtec sells Octopus II PECVD tool to French institute

A HJT cell.

Swiss PECVD tool developer INDEOtec has sold one of its Octopus II PECVD tools to France’s IPVF (Institut Photovoltaique d’Ile-de-France). The Octopus II tool is a deposition platform for high efficiency PV cell production, such...

Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands to expand PV testing

ECN new solar PV testing equipment

The Hague-based high-tech company Eternal Sun, a specialist in solar testing equipment, designed and upgraded the Energy Research Centre's new testing lab.

Southern Company, EPRI tap LG Chem for battery testing project

LG Chem-powed energy storage system powered at Southern Company PV farm in Cedartown, Georgia.

The project will provide data to help Southern Company understand how well the battery energy storage system works to store and discharge solar energy.

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...

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