Latest research & development headlines

Michigan State University develops transparent solar cell

Transparent solar PV cell.

Cell developed with light harvesting transparent solar concentrators delivers just 1% efficiency, researchers aiming for 5% in near future.


Germany slates $210 million for sustainable power grid research

Transmission tower maintenance, Germany

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.


Factory delays spurring higher cell efficiencies, finds NPD Solarbuzz

NPD Solarbuzz chart.

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.


A clean energy miracle: My challenge to Bill Gates

Yann Brandt, managing editor of SolarWakeup.com

Yann Brandt of SolarWakeup.com praises Bill Gates' commitment to clean energy R&D, he dares the philanthropist and investor to fund new technology projects in an effort to create a real enery miracle.


Amtech receives order for IonSolar implant system, announces Q3 FY results

Production line.

The U.S.-based solar equipment manufacturer will ship its IonSolar Implant system to an unnamed Chinese solar company within six months.


pv magazine's weekly news roundup

MS Turano PlanetSolar boat.

A quick look back at the biggest solar news stories that have grabbed our attention over these past seven days.


World's largest solar boat charts course for ancient Greece

MS Turano PlanetSolar

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.


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