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Panasonic develops stand-alone PV power system

Pansonic's Power Supply Container.

The company’s Power Supply Container generates and stores solar energy, and is ideal for for rural off-grid areas.


Efficient solar fuel device with simpler cell design

Researchers in Germany have made a breakthrough with the development of a cost-effective and efficient solar fuel device that can store nearly 5% of solar energy in the form of hydrogen.


SunShot solar projects among innovations of the year

NREL campus in Boulder, Colorado.

Two U.S. Department of Energy-funded projects listed among 2013's innovations of the year. Glare analysis tool and high efficiency, lower cost cell make R&D Magazine list.


Singapore awards S$12 million in solar research grants

The Singapore Energy Innovation Programme Office (EIPO) has awarded research grants totaling S$12 million (US$9.44 million) to five research teams under the first grant call of the Energy Innovation Research Programme (EIRP).


NREL develops 31.1% efficient cell

The NREL campus in Colorado.

The U.S. Energy Department gets closer to goal of a 48% efficient concentrator cell two months after the most recent world record.


U.S. opens $135 million clean energy research center

NREL Campus Golden, Colorado

The U.S. Energy Department and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have announced the opening of the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF), which is focused on utility-scale clean energy grid integration.


University of Cyprus will lead EU net metering research

Nicosia's UN-administered 'dead zone'.

The University of Cyprus has announced plans for a second, 10 to 13 MW, solar park and revealed it will lead a €1.3 million research program into the adoption of net metering across the EU.


Solar windows one step nearer commercial production

Solar glass.

U.S. building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) developer New Energy Technologies Ltd has announced significant advances in its patented SolarWindow, spray-on solar power coating system.


High efficiency cells from lower grade silicon

A photo of Martin Green in Berlin.

University of New South Wales (UNSW) researchers have released results indicating that lower-quality silicon can be used to produce high efficiency solar cells. The development is based on controlling the charge state of hydrogen...


Germany: First meeting of the Photovoltaics Innovation Alliance

Fraunhofer research pic solar photovoltaic module

Over 100 scientists are meeting in Germany’s capital today to discuss the interim results of their research and development projects, funded by the Photovoltaics Innovation Alliance. The goal is solar power cost reductions.


Wind-solar hybrid plants up to twice as efficient

A mocked up wind and solar power plant.

Solar and wind power generation complement each other better than previously thought, according to a study released by the Reiner Lemoine Institut and Solarpraxis AG.


Germany: New PV research lab opens in Berlin

Berlin skyline

The Free University of Berlin and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) has opened a new laboratory for photovoltaic research in the German capital.


Israel: Hydrogen-bromine flow battery goes online

EnStorage Inc. has developed the first ever grid-connected hydrogen-bromine (HBr) flow battery with its 50 kW battery connection at the company's test site in southern Israel. The battery is said to provide up to 100 kWh of...


Australia: Research shows fully renewable system possible

A solar thermal plant in Oz.

New research from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Australia has drawn the conclusion that a “fully renewable” electricity system could not only be possible but cost effective. Key to the research, is that the study...


Organic solar substrate that literally grows on trees

Research material.

Researchers have published results showing that organic solar cells can be produced on cellulose nanocrystal substrates (CNC). The cells are easily recyclable and are being touted as the first solar cells from materials that...


Singulus Technologies and M-Cells to cooperate on cell production

PV equipment producer Singulus Technologies and solar cell manufacturer M-Cells have signed a letter of intent to expand technological cooperation for commercial production of crystalline silicon cells.


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