Technology and R&D

Fraunhofer ISE and EVG set 31.3% efficiency for silicon multi-junction solar cell

The German research institute and the Austrian semiconductor specialist have achieved a 31.3% efficiency for a silicon-based multi-junction solar cell. The result improves the previous record of 30.2%, which was also set by EVG and Fraunhofer ISE.


Stanford advocates ending China solar tariffs

The report led by a former Wall Street Journal editor gives national advice that mimics policies under President Obama’s energy department, but is unlikely to go anywhere under Trump.


Solar monitoring company wins $2.1m ARENA grant

Sydney-based solar data start-up Solar Analytics has been awarded $2.1 million in grant funding from the federal government’s Australian Renewable Energy Agency, to fast-track its rooftop PV monitoring technology.


Neo Solar Power posts $206.9 million net loss in 2016

The Taiwanese PV cell producer partly attributed the NT$6.3 billion ($206.9 million) loss — down from a NT$139 million net profit in 2015 — to the idling of some of its production capacity in China.

Intevac reports massive ion implant tool order

The company’s ENERGi systems will be used to enable a more than 1 GW expansion of high-efficiency n-type mono cell capacity for an un-named customer in China, a big boost for the technology.

Asys introduces new metallization line

German equipment supplier Asys today announced the launch of its new dual lane metallization line for crystalline silicon cell production, Alignus 1.5s. The line features a high level of automation, as part of the company’s Industry 4.0 approach, and aims to decrease cell metallization process times.

Swansea University team develop new method to improve CZTS efficiency

A research team from the SPECIFIC Innovation and Knowledge Centre at Swansea University has developed a method that could lead to efficiency improvements in CZTS solar cells.

European research organization Solliance achieves record 12.6% industrial perovskite solar cell efficiency

The Dutch, Belgian and German R&D partnership sets world record for roll-to-roll perovskite/based solar cells, working alongside Dyesol, VDL Enabling Technologies Group, Smit Thermal Solutions and Bosch-Rexroth.


Ecobuild London: unmanned EVs?

Among the themes explored at the Ecobuild show this week in London was the future of autonomous electric vehicles. The autonomous automotive revolution is adding to the electric cars trend we already experience.

1366, Hanwha reach 19.9% efficiency with PERC

The company has simultaneously announced its the first deployment of cells made from its Direct Wafer products in a 500 kW commercial solar array in Japan.