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Underwater solar cells turn greenhouse gases into 'solar fuel'

under water

The process could one day play a key role in fighting climate change. The engineers have also provided design principles to help the photovoltaic industry build energy-efficient, corrosion-protected solar cells for other...

The world could be 100% renewable by 2050

Stanford 100% renewables by 2050 world map

Researchers from Stanford University have layed out exactly how the planet could forego fossil fuel and nuclear power and adopt renewable energy across the board.

DOE: New report paves way for energy future

National Solar Thermal Test Facility, Sandia National Laboratory

Solar PV power has increased tenfold over the past four years, according to the U.S. Department of Energy's 2015 Quadrennial Technology Review.

Swiss team develops low-temperature deposition for transparent perovskite

EMPA produced flexible perovskite cell.

Researchers have developed a method to produce perovskite PV cells at low temperature, which does not result in a device exhibiting hysteretic current-voltage behavior. The technique employs a semi-transparent indium oxide rear...

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...

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