Technology and R&D

Organic electrode material could boost lithium ion capacity

Researchers at Germany’s Helmholtz Institute have developed a new electrode material which could improve the capacity and charge/discharge speed of lithium-ion technology, as well as reducing for costly cobalt in the batteries.

Australia’s Greatcell signs MOU with JinkoSolar

Under a non-exclusive Memorandum of Understanding with JinkoSolar, Greatcell noted it would make available developmental perovskite cells for further evaluation.


U.S. university CPV system outperforms silicon by 54% in test

A single-cell concentrating photovoltaic system developed by researchers at Penn State University reportedly reached 30% efficiency, and generated 54% more energy during a two-day test than a commercial silicon solar in the same conditions.

Swiss researchers testing planted rooftop areas in combination with PV systems

Scientists in Switzerland are testing the optimum use of combined PV systems and planted flat rooftop areas, and how both systems affect each other. A first prototype has been installed on a roof of a senior citizen residence in the country.

JinkoSolar and TÜV Rheinland to create testing standards for bifacial modules

The two establishments will develop a standardized testing method designed for bifacial technology and the difficulties and opportunities that exist where these modules are concerned.

Heraeus’ IP patent case struck down in Taiwan

The German-headquartered silver paste specialist laments the Taiwanese Intellectual Property Court’s decision, stressing that the ruling could set a dangerous precedent for the PV industry.

Sol Voltaics secures Europe’s largest solar funding round since 2015

The Sweden-headquartered PV technology pioneer has raised a record $21.3 million in financing to bring its new SolFilm thin-film technology to the market.

Quick Q&A: a new approach for solar-powered windows

Ferdinand Grapperhaus, CEO of PowerWindow developer Physee, discusses the company’s innovative approach to bringing more solar power into the home and C&I buildings.


Innovative aesthetics: Illustrated solar panels

The Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology has developed KALEO, a special technology to integrate high-definition images into solar panels.

Jolywood, TÜV Nord and CPVT joint forces for testing of bifacial modules

It is difficult to compare the performance of bifacial modules with that of conventional solar panels, if the usual tests are applied. As a result, China-based Jolywood, Germany’s TÜV Nord and Chinese company CPVT have decided to develop a joint testing process.