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KAUST researchers look into lateral heterojunction

A team from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia has published research into heterojunction solar cells using alternative materials to silicon. The researchers hope that the process they developed could simplify the fabrication of solar cells.


Interview: after Saudi Arabia, how low can solar prices go?

The recent Saudi Arabian tender for 300 MW of solar PV saw a bid of $0.0178/kWh – the lowest price by far yet seen globally. Aymen Grira of French energy consultancy Altran discusses this bid, and explores the wider PV potential of the MENA region.


Saudi Arabia’s 300 MW solar tender may conclude with lowest bid ever

A consortium formed by UAE-based Masdar and French energy giant EDF has offered to deploy all the tendered capacity at a LCOE of 0.06697 SAR ($0.0178) per kWh. In addition, seven of the eight bids were under $0.03 per kWh. The tender’s bidders will be announced by the end of January 2018.


KAUST researchers develop single crystal perovskites

A team of researchers from Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and Oxford University has developed a process which uses the effects of surface tension to grow highly pure perovskite crystals at centimeter scale.

New combination of elements a positive step forwards for KAUST solar centre and Solar panels

Perovskite research sees an unexpected improvement, as a result of research from Saudi Arabia’s KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology) solar centre, improving the quality and efficiency of the potential of solar panels.

Saudi Arabia issues net metering scheme for small-scale solar

The Middle Eastern country has so far mainly supported large-scale projects. The new rules, which will apply to projects not exceeding 1 MW, will come into force in mid-2018.


Saudi Arabia shortlists 27 companies for PV project

The Saudi Renewable Energy Development Office (REPDO) has announced a shortlist of 27 companies that will be invited to submit proposals for 300 MW of solar PV commissioned as part of the first round of Saudi Arabia’s National Renewable Energy Program (NREP).


INDEOtec receives PECVD equipment order from Saudi university

The Swiss equipment company will provide its OCTOPUS II PECVD/PVD platform to King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia begins tender process for 300 MW PV plant

The Saudi Arabian Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources today announced its first request for qualifications under the National Renewable Energy Program (NREP), as the Kingdom looks set to make concrete progress in renewables deployment after several years of stops and starts.

Saudi Arabia to invite solar, wind bids in April, says minister

Requests to qualify for bidding for 700 MW of clean energy capacity will be sent on February 20, confirms Saudi energy minister Khalid Al-Falih.

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