New research from Germany’s Fraunhofer ISE has shown that brighter skies are leading to PV system output exceeding forecasts by 5%. Fraunhofer has adjusted its forecast models accordingly.
Australian research organization CSIRO says its solar cells, printable onto plastic, are nearing market. CSIRO says domestic solar dye cell manufacturer Dyesol is interested in commercializing the technology.
By switching from silver to copper, the cost of producing a solar cell would fall by a fraction of a cent. Yet in building a 100 MW facility, developers could save more than $100,000.
The Japanese electronics company revealed as only solar firm to rank as performance leader in all six testing categories by PV Evolution Labs.
Cell developed with light harvesting transparent solar concentrators delivers just 1% efficiency, researchers aiming for 5% in near future.
Some 200 research institutes and companies are taking part in the initiative, part of the country's ambitious goal of an 80% renewable energy share by 2050.
Solar PV manufacturers are stepping up R&D efforts to achieve greater efficiencies, with industry standard modules set to reach 275 W within a year, research finds.
The U.S.-based solar equipment manufacturer will ship its IonSolar Implant system to an unnamed Chinese solar company within six months.
A quick look back at the biggest solar news stories that have grabbed our attention over these past seven days.
Solar boat MS Turanor PlanetSolar has become a research vessel for archaeological expeditions in Greece. The catamaran completed a round-the-world trip in 2012 powered only by sun.
UCLA researchers have improved upon the performance ratio of a polymer organic cell, employing a triple-junction approach to create a new efficiency record.
Thin-crystalline cell and module startup Solexel has closed a D-round of financing, bringing in a further $31 million. The funds will be used to begin commercial production of its advanced thin-silicon PV modules.
The Land Art Generator Initiative seeks to promote collective action in support of reneawble energy. The Energy Duck would generate electricity 24 hours a day and serve as an educational visitor center.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum will award $1 million to any research institute that devises a solar-powered way to solve the region's water scarcity.
The group has secured funding from the German government to design, install and operate a PV battery power supply for a broadcast antenna in Australia operated by communications infrastructure provider BAI.
The German research institute set the new record using a Soitec quadruple-junction solar PV cell and Fresnel lens concentrators. Commercialization of this technology is expected in one to two years.
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