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British researchers claim tin-based PV perovskites offer cleaner, cheaper lead alternative

Group at Warwick University replaced lead with tin in perovskite-based solar cells and found similar rates of performance but at cheaper cost and with lower toxicity.

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The pv magazine weekly news digest

With the fallout from the U.S. election still hot on everybody’s lips, news and speculation as to what The Donald might be planning with the solar industry was rife, but while the world’s eyes were fixed on the bizarre events taking place in Washington, the solar ‘deal of the year’ was finally approved between Tesla and SolarCity.

Oxford PV to open perovskite fab in Germany

British solar technology pioneer acquires former thin-film production site of Bosch Solar in Brandenburg an der Havel, and will equip fab with pilot-scale capacity for perovskite wafers.

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Fraunhofer ISE achieves 30.2% efficiency for silicon multi-junction solar cell

Germany’s Fraunhofer ISE has collaborated with Austrian company EV Group to achieve the record-breaking efficiency for silicon-based multi-junction solar cells.

Interview: Coveme CEO talks backsheets and Indian market opportunities

Gian Paolo Fedrigo, CEO of Italian backsheet specialist Coveme, discusses the company’s R&D strategy, product innovation, and plans for the growing Indian market.

Meyer Burger announces recapitalization program, EUR67 million HJT order

Swiss PV technology provider Meyer Burger has announced a recapitalization program that will see the company issue CHF160 million in new shares to ensure the repayment of a CHF130 million bond due in 2017, adjust the conditions of a second CHF100 million bond, proposing a 2018 put option be removed, and increase a borrowing provision on its headquarters from CHF30 million to CHF60 million.

Perovskite solar cell reaches 20.3% efficiency

Scientists from Stanford University and Oxford University have been working on solar cells made with perovskite crystal stacked in tandem, and in a recent breakthrough have achieved an energy efficiency of 20.3% using the cells, which are significantly cheaper to produce than silicon cells.

Which Chinese solar manufacturers will survive module price crunch?

The stunning fall in solar module prices being witnessed in most global markets might be good news for project developers and end-market consumers, but it is going to pose major challenges to many of the big module manufacturers.

Dyesol announce CSIRO collaboration plan

Leading Australian developers Dyesol have today announced the signing of a letter of intent (LOI) to collaborate with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in the development of perovskite solar cells (PSC).

DOE invests $21 million to speed solar adoption

The money will go to 17 projects designed to reduce soft costs and maximize solar’s benefits for states.

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