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Dyesol secures $1m funding for Perovskite cell research

Dyesol's research has uncovered efficiency improvement potential when combing TiO2 with Perovskite cells.

The grant from the U.K.'s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council will enable the Australian organic cell developer to better understand the impact of halide modified titania on Perovskite cell performance.


Hareon is investing in a new PV research institute

China national flag. Flickr image by Renato Ganoza.

Chinese PV firm Hareon Solar Technology has announced that it will make a 10 million yuan investment in a new PV research institute, which will help to support its solar business.


Lithium-ion battery test centre opens in Canberra, Australia

Canberra landscape.

The Canberra Institute of Technology has opened the new facility, backed by a A$450,000 ($344,525) grant from Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), to assess the potential for residential energy storage.


Grid-scale battery storage not yet 'panacea' for Australia renewables

Battery storage system for solar. Image by Solarpraxis.

A senior solar energy researcher from the University of Queensland has questioned the role of grid-scale battery storage as the "missing link" of Australia's shift to renewables, and suggested that much more research needs to be...


Berkeley and GRID research partnership to explore off-grid solar potential

University of California, Berkeley Campus. Flickr image by brainchildvn

The University of California's Berkeley research institute has teamed up with GRID Alternatives to study 'energy access' off-grid solar projects with a view to expanding the reach of off-grid solar around the world.


France gets a step closer to solar roads

The worlds largest PV sound barrier at Freising, Germany. Image by Isofoton.es

French energy minister Ségolène Royal has inaugurated a manufacturing plant that will produce the so-called "Wattway" paving, made of solar PV. One of its pilot projects will be a 1 kilometer solar road, built in the same region...


Danish university develops tungsten-based technique to capture broader solar wavelength

Aalborg University.

Researchers at Aalborg University are working on a new approach at capturing a broader spectrum of sunlight using new, high-temperature materials that can withstand 800 degrees Celsius and convert sunlight into electricity.


HPQ Silicon invests in PyroGenesis' PUREVAP technology for polysilicon production

Solar grade polysilicon.

The Canadian material exploration company has acquired the intellectual property for the PUREVAP process, as well as a pilot plant from PyroGenesis, to produce solar grade silicon metal from quartz.


Longi Silicon and Zhonghuan Semiconductor announce new expansions with over 10GW of new capacity planned

Yunnan Province in China.

The two Chinese companies are making movements on significant capacity increases for their mono-crystalline products.


Uganda set to roll with solar PV bus

Kiira Motor Corp.'s Kayoola solar PV bus, Uganda

The East African country is leading the way in green vehicle manufacturing. The state-owned Kiira Motors Corporation has developed three electric vehicles, including the Kayoola, which could become a first on the continent.


SolarWindow unveils electricity transportation system for solar glass

SolarWindow invisible wire glass panel

The prospect of a virtually invisible electricity transportation system within and on the surface of windows could be especially attractive to architects, designers and building occupants in tall towers and skyscrapers.


Meyer Burger receives another significant order for its MAiA technology

Meyer Burger CEO Peter Pauli

The Swiss company is continuing with its strong year, this time confirming an order from an unnamed Chinese manufacturer worth CHF 18 million for its MAiA 2.1 technology upgrade platform.


Harvard adds organic electrolyte to redox-flow batteries

Widener Library, Harvard University. Flickr image by Joseph Williams.

The research team from Harvard has taken a leaf out of nature’s book and has added an organic electrolyte, which was inspired by vitamin B2, to redox-flow batteries in an attempt to increase its energy storage capacity, as...


SolarWorld under pressure to find resolution to Hemlock court case

SolarWorld array being installed.

IHS Senior Research Director Ash Sharma spoke to pv magazine to give his take on the SolarWorld and Hemlock Semiconductor initial ruling last week, and how the two companies are likely to proceed from here, expecting that...


Crew aboard the International Space Station is testing new 3D solar cells

Astronaut Scott Parazynski of STS-120 conducting a spacewalk to repair a damaged solar panel at the ISS. Image courtesy of NASA.

The wordy NanoRacks-Earth Abundant Textured Thin Film Photovoltaics investigation is looking into a new design of 3D PV cell, which should, in theory, absorb sunlight more efficiently, while also investigating the effects that...


Trina Solar pushes industrial-scale multi PERC efficiency to 20.16%

Trina Solar module production.

The Chinese solar firm achieves new record efficiency for its industrially produced multicrystalline silicon PERC cells, and also ups efficiency of its P-type double print cells to 18.7%.


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