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Perovskite solar cell with self-assembled organic electron transport layer achieves 21.5% efficiency

Developed by scientists in Saudia Arabia, the device is reportedly the most efficient perovskite solar cell ever reported to date with an organic electron transporting layer. The cell achieved an open-circuit voltage of 1.13 V, a short-circuit current density of 24.7 mA cm2, and a fill factor of 77%


Weekend Read: Gray skies over Californian solar

There may be a global solar boom but a drastic revision of California’s net metering program has ruptured the industry overnight and is affecting everyone from installers to financiers to makers of power electronics.


Israeli startup develops PV-driven cooling system based on compressed air

Storage Drop has secured a grant from the European Union to develop its PV-driven cooling system technology for low temperature environments. The system is based on compressed air energy storage technology and a hydraulic isothermal compressor with a water pump that compresses the air in an isothermal process.


Sinovoltaics tracks emerging PV manufacturing hubs in Europe, North America

Sinovoltaics is studying the changes in the supply chains in manufacturing hubs in Europe and North America to determine site capacity, current and planned, for dozens of manufacturers. The results are being published in free reports.


Quantifying effect of cooling, cleaning in PV systems operating under desert conditions

Scientists in Oman have analyzed the effect of soiling, cleaning, and water injection on the performance of PV panels in Oman. They have found the use of water for cooling may increase power yield by up to 23.9%.


TOPCon overcoming obstacles: improving performance of backsheet-based monofacial products

In this pv magazine Webinar, Jinko Solar will present its own TOPCon technology and analyze the results of several test fields conducted with TOPCon panel in Saudi Arabia. The country’s conditions are characterized by high solar irradiance, high ambient temperature, low humidity, low rainfall, and moderate wind speed.

Israel’s new PV installations hit 1.1 GW in 2023

Official data from the Electricity Authority of Israel show that the country installed 1,108 MW of new solar capacity in 2023. Renewable energy covered 12.5% of Israel’s electricity demand last year.


Construction starts on polysilicon production facility in Oman

Construction has begun on a $1.35 billion polysilicon production facility in Oman, billed as the first project of its kind in the Middle East. It is scheduled to start operations next year, producing 100,000 metric tons of metallurgical silicon per year.


Weekend Read: Upstart vs. incumbent

Electricity market liberalization and private sector development of solar and energy storage in Cyprus continue to be delayed. pv magazine’s Ilias Tsagas looks at why independent power producers are frustrated by electricity curtailment and a lack of market reform.


UAE utility opens bidding for 400 MW battery energy storage system

Emirates Water and Electricity Co. (EWEC) has started accepting expressions of interest for a 400 MW battery energy storage system (BESS). The chosen developer will enter into a long-term agreement with the Abu Dhabi-based utility as the sole procurer.

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