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Organic solar substrate that literally grows on trees

Researchers have published results showing that organic solar cells can be produced on cellulose nanocrystal substrates (CNC). The cells are easily recyclable and are being touted as the first solar cells from materials that literally grow on trees.

Singulus Technologies and M-Cells to cooperate on cell production

PV equipment producer Singulus Technologies and solar cell manufacturer M-Cells have signed a letter of intent to expand technological cooperation for commercial production of crystalline silicon cells.

Solar fire and theft protection

Fires and theft have become growing problems for the solar industry. Leto Solar is now waiting for a patent for its H?MOS technology which, the company claims, enables the development of solar panels with capabilities to combat these problems.

$50m for US electric vehicle development projects

The U.S. Department of Energy is funding research into battery development and more efficient convertors and capacitors for use in advanced electric vehicles.

Dyesol secures $4 million from Saudi firm

Dyesol Limited has secured strategic investment from The National Industrialization Company of Saudi Arabia, or Tasnee, worth AU$4 million. Potential to expand this investment to $20 million exists. Meanwhile, R&D collaboration and demonstration projects in the Middle East are up for discussion.

Panasonic hits 24.7% cell efficiency

The Panasonic Corporation has claimed what it says is a world record for a crystalline silicon-based photovoltaic cell of a “practical size” with an efficiency of 24.7%. Japan’s Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology has evaluated the efficiency.

SunShot initiative funds $9m of solar data projects

The U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot solar initiative has awarded another $9 million of funding to seven data projects.

Solar Bankers plans 300 MW production of its new concentrated solar module

U.S.-based Solar Bankers LLC and Germany’s Apollon GmbH & Co. KG have unveiled a new concentrated solar module using holographic foil, which they claim can be produced at costs lower than other manufacturers. They aim to establish 300 MW of production capacity in 2013.

US makes $12m available for solar cell research

As part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s ongoing attempts to reach the theoretical maximum efficiency of solar cells, the department’s SunShot initiative is making available another US$12 million of funding.

Latin America: A PV opportunity in 2013

With 8.4 GW of new solar projects announced in Latin America and the Caribbean over the past 12 months, market research provider GTM Research is predicting that 450 MW of new grid connected capacity will come online this year.

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