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Perovskites for dramatically cheaper PV

The low-cost material perovskite is one of the latest developments in the field of organic photovoltaics. U.K. startup Oxford Photovoltaics is working to commercialize the technology.

Plasmonic black metals in PV production

Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in the U.S. have made breakthroughs experimenting with black metals for the development of more efficient solar cells.

Efficient solar fuel device with simpler cell design

Researchers in Germany have made a breakthrough with the development of a cost-effective and efficient solar fuel device that can store nearly 5% of solar energy in the form of hydrogen.

SunShot solar projects among innovations of the year

Two U.S. Department of Energy-funded projects listed among 2013’s innovations of the year. Glare analysis tool and high efficiency, lower cost cell make R&D Magazine list.

Singapore awards S$12 million in solar research grants

The Singapore Energy Innovation Programme Office (EIPO) has awarded research grants totaling S$12 million (US$9.44 million) to five research teams under the first grant call of the Energy Innovation Research Programme (EIRP).

NREL develops 31.1% efficient cell

The U.S. Energy Department gets closer to goal of a 48% efficient concentrator cell two months after the most recent world record.

U.S. opens $135 million clean energy research center

The U.S. Energy Department and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have announced the opening of the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF), which is focused on utility-scale clean energy grid integration.

University of Cyprus will lead EU net metering research

The University of Cyprus has announced plans for a second, 10 to 13 MW, solar park and revealed it will lead a €1.3 million research program into the adoption of net metering across the EU.

Solar windows one step nearer commercial production

U.S. building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) developer New Energy Technologies Ltd has announced significant advances in its patented SolarWindow, spray-on solar power coating system.

High efficiency cells from lower grade silicon

University of New South Wales (UNSW) researchers have released results indicating that lower-quality silicon can be used to produce high efficiency solar cells. The development is based on controlling the charge state of hydrogen atoms within silicon to help correct defects on an atomic level.

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