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Hawaii, Scotland present energy storage approaches for Australia

AECOM sees energy storage as boosting RE deployment

Energy storage is on course to see a boom similar to that in the solar market; Australia aims to tap this potential to facilitate the further roll out of renewables. A new study has identified key investment areas, and barriers,...


ZSW boosts efficiency of cadmium-free thin-film cells to world record level

A ZSW researcher prepares solar cells for measurement under the sun simulator.

Researchers replaced intermediate films consisting of cadmium sulfide and zinc oxide with zinc oxysulfide and zinc magnesium oxide. As a buffer layer, zinc oxide-sulfide is more transparent to light in the blue wavelength range,...


PV+Test 2.0: Hanwha module improves to Good (+)

A solar module undergoes the TÜV Rheinland stress test.

Hanwha Solar has again submitted a polycrystalline module from the HSL 60 Poly series for testing by PV + Test. Achieving improvements, particularly in performance, the module was rated Good (+).


International consortium carries out PV performance R&D project

imec clean room

Financed by the European Commission, the Performance Plus project was launched with the goal of making PV systems more reliable and cost-effective and improving their overall performance.


SMA's 1 MW central inverter lands in Asia

The 1 MW Sunny Central 1000CP XT inverter delivers a power output of 2 MW when combined with SMA's Medium Voltage Power Station, and has been designed for PV installations in Asia.

Device has been developed for PV projects that are planned in 1 MW generation blocks and will form part of SMA's Medium Voltage Power Station.


First Solar raises bar for CdTe with 21.5% efficiency record

First Solar CdTe.

The new record for cadmium-telluride cell conversion efficiency certified at the Newport Corporation's Technology and Applications Center lab boosts First Solar's research roadmap.


Joint Fraunhofer ISE and NREL report hints at CPV maturation

HCPV system in China.

Higher efficiencies and levelized costs of electricity at levels similar to ordinary PV reported as CPV sector set to grow in 2015.


Malaysian government reaffirms renewables research support in 'Smart Villages' project

Announcements arrives amid international cooperation on off-grid technology


Trina testing lab receives TÜV service certificate

TUV Rheinland PV module inspection

Trina Solar's State Key Laboratory Testing Center has received the TÜV Rheinland Power Measurement Uncertainty Assessment Service Certificate. Trina is the first solar company to receive the recognition.


Industry urges European PV research sector to 'wake up'

Sophia Symposium, France.

Gathering of leading solar researchers and industry representatives at the Sophia research infrastructure symposium stokes passionate debate about future of European PV.


Stanford researchers develop perovskite tandem technology using transparent electrodes

The perovskite element.

Researchers at California’s Stanford University have developed what they claim to be a new technique for the production of perovskite tandem cells, in combination with either a c-Si or CIGS semiconductor layer. In a key...


Future PV: Incremental innovations to drive change

Arno Stassen presenting at the Forum.

The future of PV will lie in incremental changes to drive up conversion efficiencies, according to Arno Stassen, the head of business opportunity development at Heraeus. And in good news, continues the technologist from the metal...


100% Northeast Asian renewable system plotted

China regional installation.

Finnish researchers have concluded that a 100% renewable energy system is feasible in China, Korea and Japan. They conclude that within 10 years solar and wind will be the cheapest sources of electricity in Northeast Asia.


Imec reports 22% efficiency for large area PERT cell

Imec PERT cell

The micro and nanoelectronics research center says the new developments, resulting in additional improvement in conversion efficiency, further confirm the potential of n-type PERT cells for next-generation highly efficient...


Hanwha Q Cells to evaluate SoLayTec InPassion technology

Hanwha Q Cells.

Dutch research spinoff SoLayTec has announced that Hanwha Q Cells has begun evaluating its atomic layer deposition (ALD) technology. The InPassion ALD can be deployed for PERC upgrades and n-type cell production.


DNV GL to provide grid storage testing to ARPA-E

A battery.

Renewable energy and sustainability advisory DNV GL has signed a four-year deal to supply performance testing for U.S. government agency ARPA-E. The testing will validate the performance, reliability and safety of grid-tied...


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