Research

Researchers at Cambridge University develop new type of two-cell bio-photovoltaics

Researchers have developed and designed a new algae-powered fuel cell that is five times more efficient than existing plant and algal models, as well as having the potential of being more cost-effective to produce and more practical to use.

From the US editor: Renewable energy and information pollution

A recent article in Bloomberg View illustrates clearly the mythology and misinformation that abounds regarding renewable energy, which in many cases is spread by the media.

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Troubleshooting efforts in PV plants: follow up Q&A from the recent pv magazine webinar

Troubleshooting in solar plants requires not only trying to find a diagnosis of why the performance ratio is reduced, but also to localize faulty modules. In a recent pv magazine webinar, experts discussed four troubleshooting cases and explored whether module-resolved monitoring would help reduce the effort, and thereby decrease LCOE.

ARENA awards AU$29.2 million to 20 solar R&D projects

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has announced that it will award multiple Australian universities and research institutes with a total of $29.2 million to support early-stage research into new solar innovations.

Simple, powerful, demonstrable: Meyer Burger on why HJT is poised for the mainstream

Interview: Following the announcement earlier this month that Swiss production equipment supplier Meyer Burger has increased the power output of its HJT SmartWire module to 335W, pv magazine caught up with company CTO, Gunter Erfurt to understand more about the process, as well as the company’s longer-term tech roadmap.

JA Solar pushes mono PERC power output to 326 W for 60-cell module

Certified power output measurement of 326.67 W by Chinese firm JA Solar is a new world record for a mono-si PERC 60-cell module, as verified by TUV SUD.

Idea of solar powered trains gaining traction

In two separate studies, in the U.K. and Switzerland, respectively, the notion of combining solar power and trains has been explored. The results indicate it could offer a cost-competitive, energy saving alternative to the traditional power methods currently employed.

Singulus develops new diamond wire multi wafer texturing process

The German tooling firm announces the development of a new texturing process for multicrystalline wafers using diamond wire sawing on its LINEX inline system. Company believes process can boost multi wafer market in 2018.

RENA leans on solar knowledge to develop mass etching process for lithium-ion batteries

German PV equipment manufacturer to team with Kiel University to develop scalable production of silicon anodes to boost lithium-ion battery performance.

Researchers demonstrate feasibility of bio-photovoltaic cells to generate electricity

Using water as the source of electrons, microbial bio-photovoltaic (BPV) cells have the capacity to exploit the ability of cyanobacteria and microalgae to convert light energy into electrical current.