The seventh edition of the International Roadmap for Photovoltaics (ITRPV) has confirmed that PV producers are continuing to track the historic solar learning curve of 21%. A range of wafer, cell and module production technologies will see multicrystalline PV modules being produced by 2026 with an efficiency of 310 W, in a 60-cell configuration.
Renewable energy advisory DNG GL has called for more sophisticated reliability testing for new and novel materials being deployed in the renewable energy sector. Alternative semiconductor technology, such as perovskites, and innovative battery chemistries will be required if the Paris climate goals are to be met, the international advisory group argues.
As solar manufacturers return to profit an appetite for new technologies is growing. This was one of the key messages at this years Future PV Forum where PERC production at volume, new processes for III-V semiconductors and the rapid progress of perovskites were discussed by technologists, researchers and investors.
UCLA researchers have developed a metal oxide sandwich perovskite cell that enhances the stability of the promising semiconductor by more than 10 times. The approach uses two metal oxide layers on either side of the perovskite material, protecting it rapid degradation when exposed to air.
An Australian manufacturing innovator has taken the first steps towards commercializing a potentially cheaper and highly efficient solar cell, thanks to $449,000 support from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).
At this weeks European PV Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC) nano-electronics research center imec will present achievements covering the broad spectrum of imecs comprehensive photovoltaic-related research.
Collective intelligence: EU PVSEC unites global researchers, industry representatives and policy makers
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