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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.


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