Research

New combination of elements a positive step forwards for KAUST solar centre and Solar panels

Perovskite research sees an unexpected improvement, as a result of research from Saudi Arabia’s KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology) solar centre, improving the quality and efficiency of the potential of solar panels.

Interview: SunPower pivots to more conventional cell technologies and shingled cell modules

SunPower is famous for its back-contact cells, boasting one of the industry’s most advanced technologies. Josh Moore, SunPower Director, explains why the company is now ramping up 600 MW of production for different types of front-contact cells and shingled modules. He will pitch the advantages at pv magazine’s Future PV event to be held at SPI on Tuesday September 12.

Netherlands: anti-soiling coating for extra PV power boost, finds DSM

The Dutch materials specialists have conducted new field tests in China that show how its new anti-soiling coating can keep solar panels cleaner for longer, resulting in additional yield on solar modules.

Solar heavyweights Heraeus and JinkoSolar team on PV Super Cell partnership

The agreement between the German metallization solutions company and the leading Chinese Tier-1 solar manufacturer will see the two companies jointly develop ‘Super PV Cells’ in what is the third such strategic partnership between them.

US scientists use nanoscale structures to lower reflectivity in solar cells

The researchers used micro- and nanometer length structures to develop anti-reflective coatings to reduce reflectivity in optical devices such as solar cells, glasses and cameras.

EU Researchers achieve breakthrough in nano-scale c-Si

A team of scientists representing the photoNvoltaics project, funded by the European Union, has been able to develop a crystalline silicon cell with an effective thickness of just 830 nano-meters.

Future PV: The feasibility of solar-powered hydrogen production

There is a solid business case to combine PV plants with electrolyzers, as generation costs are low enough to competitively produce hydrogen as a fuel, says Bjørn Simonsen of NEL Hydrogen. He will speak at pv magazine’s Future PV event at SPI in Las Vegas.

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Perovskite has changed its status to single (cell)

In another breakthrough for the material so many solar advocates hope will replace traditional silicon in module production, a group of scientists in China and the United States have produced the first monocrystalline perovskite cell, which could accelerate its acceptance as a silicon replacement.

U.S Researchers look to plant photosynthesis to improve solar efficiency

A team of scientists at Georgia State University has discovered a process that occurs naturally in plants. Known as ‘inverted-region electron transfer’, better understanding of this process could contribute to the design of higher efficiency solar cells, says the University.

Swiss researchers team with NREL to break 35% cell efficiency

A collaborative project between the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM) and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) has tested a range of multi junction cells in tandem configuration, and achieved efficiencies of up to 35.9%.

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