Scientists develop laser evaporation process for thin film deposition

A group of researchers from Duke University in the U.S. has developed a new coating process for the creation of hybrid thin film materials. The researchers say their process allows for the creation of solar materials that have until now proven difficult or even impossible to make.

UMass scientists boost polymer-chain storage efficiency

A team from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (UMass) has developed a polymer based energy storage system, which releases energy on demand as heat. The scientists say their system utilizes a polymer chain ‘organized like a string of Christmas lights’ and can achieve more than double the storage density of previous polymer based systems.

U.S. researchers develop quantum dot solar glass

A team from the Los Alamos National Laboratory has developed a double pane solar glass, using quantum dot PV technology. The researchers say the glass could be integrated into buildings as a semi-transparent window, or added to existing solar panels to boost efficiency.

EPFL proposes standard measurements for perovskite aging

Scientists working on perovskite solar cells at Switzerland’s École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne have proposed a method of standardization for the measurement of stability and degradation in perovskite solar cells, in order to create consensus and speed up commercialization of the technology.

Hanergy to partner with Beijing EV group

Thin film solar producer, Hanergy has announced plans to partner with Chinese electric vehicle group BAIC BJEV to develop thin film solar products ‘for the car and household’, as well construction of distributed generation for industrial parks and solar poverty alleviation projects.

Canadian Solar awarded 112 MW project in Brazil

Leading module manufacturer, Canadian Solar has been awarded a 112 MW project in Brazil, after the country allocated around 574 MW of PV in its recent A-4 power auction.

US researchers model alternatives to farmland for PV deployment

A team of scientists from the University of California has published a study, which says the state could meet 100% of its electricity demand up to 2025 from PV, without having to deploy a single panel on productive farmland or protected natural areas.

Oxford PV receives €15 million financing from EIB

Perovskite solar start up, Oxford PV has received €15 million in financing from the European Investment Bank (EIB), to support its efforts at commercialization of silicon/perovskite tandem solar cell production.

SERIS reaches 21.5% efficiency for fully screen printed cell

The Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) announced a new efficiency milestone, achieving 21.5% average cell efficiency for its fully screen printed bifacial silicon technology. According to SERIS, the milestone was achieved at pilot-scale production using commercially available wafers.

Solar Frontier hits new thin film cell efficiency record

The Japanese thin film module manufacturer has announced the achievement of a new world record, having achieved a 22.9% conversion efficiency for a CIS cell measuring 1cm². The record has been verified by Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology.