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Solar Impulse co-founder expects passenger electric planes within 10 years, SolarStratos aircraft unveiled

Akon and Bertrand Piccard.

Bertrand Piccard, pilot and co-founder of groundbreaking Solar Impulse project, believes electric planes powered by solar energy can carry passengers within the next decade. SolarStratos project aims to become first solar-powered...


Additional investor commits to Meyer Burger

Image: Meyer Burger

The Swiss PV equipment manufacturer has received a CHF 5.76 million (USD 5.7 million) commitment from new investor Brustorm SA, as the company continues its capital increase, as part of the major restructuring it announced...


Australian researchers produce 12% efficient, 16cm2 perovskite PV cell

University of New South Wales engineers have achieved the highest efficiency for a perovskite PV cell of its size to date.


Oxford PV signs partnership with solar manufacturer

Henry Snaith of Oxford PV. Image: Douglas Fry

To top off a busy year for the British perovskite pioneer, Oxford PV has announced the signing of a joint development agreement (JDA) with a global solar cell and module manufacturer, as it aims to commercialise its perovskite...


Finnish scientists claim leaf-like polymer coating can deliver 17% solar cell output increase

By applying this leaf-like structure to solar cells, reflection is reduced, thereby increasing energy output.

Physicists at the University of Oulu have developed a nano surface that mimics the structure of plant leaves and can, they claim, increase the output of solar cells by 17%.


Cologne PV workshop: A life in the day of a solar module

The focus of the event was on topics related to increasing the lifetime of solar modules as well as the avoidance and identification of failures in photovoltaic systems.

Around 150 experts headed to Cologne for the 13th TÜV-Module workshop. The focus of the event was on topics related to increasing the lifetime of solar modules and the avoidance and identification of failures in PV systems.


Professor Eicke Weber to retire from Fraunhofer ISE

After ten years heading one of the world’s leading solar energy research institutes, Eicke Weber has announced his retirement from Germany's Fraunhofer ISE as of the end of the year. It is not known who his replacement will be.


British researchers claim tin-based PV perovskites offer cleaner, cheaper lead alternative

Warwick Researcher.

Group at Warwick University replaced lead with tin in perovskite-based solar cells and found similar rates of performance but at cheaper cost and with lower toxicity.


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Image: Tesla Motors

With the fallout from the U.S. election still hot on everybody's lips, news and speculation as to what The Donald might be planning with the solar industry was rife, but while the world’s eyes were fixed on the bizarre events...


Oxford PV to open perovskite fab in Germany

Henry Snaith, Oxford PV.

British solar technology pioneer acquires former thin-film production site of Bosch Solar in Brandenburg an der Havel, and will equip fab with pilot-scale capacity for perovskite wafers.


Interview: Coveme CEO talks backsheets and Indian market opportunities

Coveme CEO Gian Paolo Fedrigo.

Gian Paolo Fedrigo, CEO of Italian backsheet specialist Coveme, discusses the company's R&D strategy, product innovation, and plans for the growing Indian market.


Fraunhofer ISE achieves 30.2% efficiency for silicon multi-junction solar cell

Wafer-bonded III-V / Si multi-junction solar cell with 30.2 percent efficiency.

Germany's Fraunhofer ISE has collaborated with Austrian company EV Group to achieve the record-breaking efficiency for silicon-based multi-junction solar cells.


Meyer Burger announces recapitalization program, EUR67 million HJT order

Image: Meyer Burger

Swiss PV technology provider Meyer Burger has announced a recapitalization program that will see the company issue CHF160 million in new shares to ensure the repayment of a CHF130 million bond due in 2017, adjust the conditions...


Which Chinese solar manufacturers will survive module price crunch?

Image: Deutsche Bank

The stunning fall in solar module prices being witnessed in most global markets might be good news for project developers and end-market consumers, but it is going to pose major challenges to many of the big module...


Perovskite solar cell reaches 20.3% efficiency

Stanford scientist working on perovskite solar cells. Image: Stanford Precourt Institute for energy

Scientists from Stanford University and Oxford University have been working on solar cells made with perovskite crystal stacked in tandem, and in a recent breakthrough have achieved an energy efficiency of 20.3% using the cells,...


DOE invests $21 million to speed solar adoption

The money will go to 17 projects designed to reduce soft costs and maximize solar’s benefits for states.


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