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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.


The pv magazine weekly news digest

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.


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