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UNSW takes out CZTS efficiency world record

UNSW researcher with solar cell.

Researchers at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) have achieved a world record conversion efficiency of 7.6% for a 1cm2 copper zinc tin sulfide (CZTS) solar cell. Japan's Solar Frontier, with IBM and Tokyo Ohka Kogyo, have...


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Net-metering

Developments in the U.S. continued to make headlines this week as utilities across the country carry out systematic attacks on net metering and a California city weighs a PPA for possibly the lowest solar power price on record.


Giga Solar lightweight PV modules pass Fraunhofer CSE tests

Giga Solar lightweight PV module

The manufacturer's lightweight, glass-free modules enable innovative, low-cost rooftop and speedier mounting methods without the need for racking hardware or roof penetrations. The test results demonstrate that the solar PV...


ABB invests in Finnish inverter research center

Switzerland's ABB has invested €4 million into its latest inverter research center in Finland.

The Swiss power company has invested close to four million euros into the research facility in Finland, which will primarily carry out a series of weather simulations and network disruptions designed to test inverter performance.


Heliatek raises bar for OPV efficiency to 13.2%

The new Heliatek OPV multi-junction cell has achieved a new world record conversion efficiency of 13.2%.

The German organic PV developers reveal new record conversion efficiency for an OPV multi-junction cell; measurement independently verified by Fraunhofer CSP.


CG joins CEA to explore solar market potential in India

Delhi airport

The Indian conglomerate and European research organization have teamed up to examine opportunities for solar energy in the country's airports, which have an estimated solar potential of more than 500 MW.


GSA taps Solaria for Green Proving Ground program

Berkely Lab's FLEXLAB

The PV module technologies provider will participate in the U.S. government program, which evaluates innovative sustainable building technologies.


US DOE: Austin Energy biggest winner under SHINES storage program

Improving energy storage is now on the US DOE agenda

Austin Energy has emerged as the biggest winner under the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) latest funding round, which has seen US$18 million awarded to six energy storage+solar projects. It will partner with the likes of...


ViZn Energy Systems wins flow battery system contract from INL

ViZn Energy battery system

Idaho National Laboratory, part of the U.S. Energy Department's national laboratory network, will use the battery system for research and development.


First Tesla Powerwall operational in Australia under Energex solar battery trial

Annastacia Palaszczuk launched Energex's battery storage trial today in Queensland

Queensland has seen the first Tesla Powerwall home battery switched on in Australia under Energex’s battery storage trial, launched today by State Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk.


US announces $220 million in grid modernization funding

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.

The research and development funding will help finance a comprehensive grid-related research and development effort to address a range of emerging challenges and opportunities in the United States' power grid.


NASA sets new long-distance solar spacecraft record

NASA's Juno spacecraft

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Juno spacecraft has broken the solar power distance record on its journey to Jupiter. While Juno's massive solar arrays will generate only 500 W when it arrives at the...


SolarWorld hits 22% PERC efficiency

The presentation took place at SolarWorld's Freiburg site

At a presentation of its latest solar innovations yesterday in Freiberg, Germany’s largest solar cell and module manufacturer announced a PERC efficiency of 22%. Advances in busbar-less modules with half cells and bifacial PV...


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NREL: Defects can improve solar cell performance

The U.S. renewable energy laboratory explains that “finding the right defect” can in layers adjacent to the cell can have the counter-intuitive result of increasing solar cell efficiency.


PERC: Gintech achieves 21.44% efficiency; demand to continue

Gintech ranks #3 in terms of global monocrystalline  PERC efficiencies

Kicking off 2016’s PERC news, Taiwan-based Gintech Energy Corporation has achieved a solar PV cell efficiency of 21.44% using its PERC technology, thus ranking it number three in terms of global monocrystalline PERC efficiencies,...


Trina Solar sets efficiency record with c-Si cell

Trina Solar PV module production

Trina Solar has announced a new efficiency record of 22.13% for its p-type mono-crystalline silicon solar cell.


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