Technology

Teamtechnik & research partners develop award winning lead-free PV system

A joint project conducted by the Carinthian Tech Research Center and the Austrian Institute of Technology, in conjunction with German equipment manufacturer teamtechnik has developed a lead-free PV system using glued ribbon technology.

Penn State researchers develop low-cost solar cell

A research team at Penn State University has developed solar cells of up to 17% efficiency using a simplified concept requiring only one semiconductor material. Thanks to their potential for low-cost production, the researchers theorize that the cells could be used to provide power to energy poor communities the world over.

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ANU researchers develop light management technique inspired by butterfly wings

Researchers at Australia National University have developed a nanostructure technique to finely control the direction of light. The technique, says ANU, could be applied to tandem perovskite/silicon solar cells.

NREL develops controllable quantum dot systems

Researchers at the United States National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have developed a new designer quantum dot system, which allows for greater control over optoelectronic properties of the materials.

Energy trade groups send grid reliability reports to Energy Secretary Perry

SEIA, ACORE, AEE and AWEA express concerns that the former Texas Governor is starting his inquiry into grid reliability with a faulty premise by conflating coal and nuclear generation with reliability.

GCL-Poly’s polysilicon sales fall 43% in Q1

The Chinese energy group’s external sales of polysilicon fell about 43.4% year on year to 1,896 metric tons (MT) in the January-March period.

U.S.-Turkish research team uses data science to predict PET back-sheets degradation in solar modules

The scientists have used engineering epidemiology and statistical-data analytics to predict how polyethylene terephthalate films in solar panels deteriorate under multi-factor accelerated weathering exposures.

Uni Newcastle team tests “printed solar” panels in Australian first

Just days after Tesla announced it was taking orders – and down-payments – for its much-hyped and quite good looking solar roof, an Australian made printed solar innovation that could rival Elon Musk’s power generating tiles has moved one major step closer to commercialisation.

Atomic scale design could pave the way to more persistent solar cells, study says

Researchers from ICL claim to have discovered the cause for the rapid decrease in performance of perovskites. Adding iodide ions may help improve the stability of solar cells.

Ecosummit 2017: Eneco Group to invest in Next Kraftwerke

Dutch energy company Eneco Group announced its acquisition of a 34% stake in Next Kraftwerke, a German company operating one of Europe’s largest virtual power plant networks. The investment was announced at the Ecosummit cleantech event in Berlin today.