Solar Cells News

  • Using New Laser-Based Technique, Natcore Achieves 19.4% Efficiency With Innovative Solar Cell Structure

    By reducing resistance from laser-formed contacts, Natcore Technology Inc. (TSX-V: NXT; OTCQB: NTCXF) has achieved an efficiency of 19.4% in its latest demonstration solar cell. The laser-formed base contact is critical in the Natcore Foil Cell™, which is an all-back-contact cell.  Higher resistance at this contact, as well as damage from the laser process, has been limiting ...


    By Natcore Technology, Inc.

  • Natcore Partner Denzo Selects Site For 30 MW Solar Farm

    Denzo Group Australia has selected a 90 hectare site in the Wide Bay – Burnett Region of Queensland, Australia, as the location for a 30 MW large scale solar farm. To be developed in partnership with Natcore Technology (TSX-V: NXT; OTCQB: NTCXF), the American solar R&D company, the site would be developed to a “shovel ready” stage with storage of 30% in three 10 MW modules. ...


    By Natcore Technology, Inc.

  • NREL, International Colleagues Propose Strategy for Stable, Commercial Perovskite Solar Cells

    A strategy for producing stable and commercially available perovskite solar cells (PSCs) has been proposed by Kai Zhu and Keith Emery at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), in collaboration with Nam-Gyu Park (Korea), Michael Grätzel (Switzerland), and Tsutomu Miyasaka (Japan). Solar cells using a halide perovskite with an organic cation such as methylammonium ...

  • Nanoscale Confinement Leads to New All-inorganic Perovskite with Exceptional Solar Cell Properties

    Scientists with the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) for the first time discovered how to make perovskite solar cells out of quantum dots and used the new material to convert sunlight to electricity with 10.77 percent efficiency. The research, Quantum dot-induced phase stabilization of a-CsPbI3 perovskite for ...

  • Valuable Advice for Solar Power Installers in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Getting superior performance from rooftop solar arrays depends on their proper design, installation, operation and maintenance. ESI-Africa is providing this exclusive opportunity for you to participate in a learning series offered by DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions. We invite you to join us for a webinar, where we will explain how to get optimum value out of systems by avoiding design and ...

  • NREL Discovery Creates Future Opportunity in Quantum Computing

    Scientists at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) discovered a use for perovskites that runs counter to the intended usage of the hybrid organic-inorganic material. Considerable research at NREL and elsewhere has been conducted into the use of organic-inorganic hybrid perovskites as a solar cell. Perovskite systems have been shown to be highly efficient at ...

  • Dyesol secures $1m funding for Perovskite cell research

    Dyesol, the Australian organic PV and Perovskite solar cell researcher, has this week been awarded a £800,000 ($1.05 million) grant by the U.K.’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) for the continued research in the optimization of charge carrier mobility in nanoporous metal oxide films. In other words, Dyesol’s work on ...


    By pv magazine

  • Sharp mulls China solar cell market entry

    Under its new Taiwanese ownership, Sharp’s solar division has begun exploring international solar cell supply opportunities, and recently revealed that it is assessing the markets of the Philippines, Indonesia, Mongolia and across Europe. This week, as reported by the Nikkei, Sharp has also begun conducting market research into the viability of supplying into China – the ...


    By pv magazine

  • Natcore Technology Tapped as Project Manager For 200 MW Solar Park in Vietnam

    Natcore Technology Inc. (TSX-V: NXT; OTCQB: NTCXF) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a European developer of international renewable energy projects and a Vietnamese consortium under which the organizations would form a separate company to develop a 200 MW solar energy project in Vietnam. The projected cost of the project is approximately US$300 million, ...


    By Natcore Technology, Inc.

  • NREL Technique Leads to Improved Perovskite Solar Cells

    Scientists at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), in collaboration with researchers at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), devised a method to improve perovskite solar cells, making them more efficient and reliable with higher reproducibility. The research, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative, involved hybrid halide perovskite solar cells ...

  • Silicon Ranch and Stion Power Chickasaw County With 3.9MW of Locally Made Solar Panels

    Stion and Silicon Ranch are celebrating the completion of Mississippi’s largest commercial solar facility to date sourced with Mississippi made modules. The 3.9 MW facility, which uses Stion’s “Simply Better” solar panels manufactured in Hattiesburg, MS, will be located in Chickasaw County. The construction of the solar farm created approximately 75 jobs, with over half ...


    By Stion

  • Gemasolar aerial images taken from the Solar Impulse zero-fuel airplane

    Gemasolar, the most innovative solar thermal plant in the world, owned by Torresol Energy – a joint venture between the engineering and technology group SENER and Masdar – has been photographed from the air by the zero-fuel airplane Solar Impulse, that landed in Seville (Spain) on June 23rd, days before completing its ...

  • NREL, SLAC Scientists Pinpoint Solar Cell Manufacturing Process

    Scientists at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have been able to pinpoint for the first time what happens during a key manufacturing process of silicon solar cells. Their paper, "The formation mechanism for printed ...

  • NREL`s Capabilities Boost a Wide Range of Innovative ARPA-E Research

    The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will play key roles in a variety of projects recently funded by the Department's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). NREL's innovative approaches have received five awards across three different ARPA-E programs for advancing transformational technologies to generate, store, and use energy more efficiently, at lower ...

  • Renewables ideas make world of difference

    Here is a snapshot of the future for the energy-aware. It may one day be possible to drive an electric car with a battery partly made with carbon dioxide from the air. It may also be possible to recharge the same car in a garage covered with lightweight, flexible sheets of organic solar cells spread like wallpaper. And if that’s not enough, engineers might use energy from a bacterial fuel ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Heliatek sets new OPV world record efficiency of 13.2%

    Heliatek R&D teams reached a record conversion efficiency of 13.2% for an OPV multi-junction cell, setting a new world record for the direct conversion of sunlight into electricity using organic photovoltaic cells. The measurement was independently confirmed by Fraunhofer CSP. Thanks to the excellent low light and high temperature behavior of the organic ...


    By Heliatek GmbH

  • NREL theorizes defects could improve solar cells

    Scientists at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are studying what may seem paradoxical - certain defects in silicon solar cells may actually improve their performance. The findings run counter to conventional wisdom, according to Pauls Stradins, the principal scientist and a project leader of the silicon photovoltaics group at NREL. ...

  • NREL and CSEM Jointly Set New Efficiency Record with Dual-Junction Solar Cell

    Scientists at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and at the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM) have jointly set a new world record for converting non-concentrated (1-sun) sunlight into electricity using a dual-junction III-V/Si solar cell. The newly certified record conversion efficiency of 29.8 percent was set using a top cell made of gallium ...

  • Best Solar Companies in Arizona To Install Solar Panel on Home To Reduce Electricity Bill

    You can now locate the top rated Arizona solar companies right from the comfort of your home and that too as per your personal convenience. All that you need to have is a personal computer and an internet connection in your house. Besides, when you go online, you also access help from an expert who is well versed with the exact requirements of the process.  By going solar in Arizona, you ...


    By Solarpanelsxpert

  • NREL Research Honored With R&D 100 Awards

    A technology developed at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has been honored by R&D Magazine as a winner of a coveted R&D 100 award as well as an Editor's Choice award. Jianping Yu's research into using a strain of cyanobacteria to produce bioethylene won both awards in the category of Mechanical Devices/Materials. The magazine presents R&D 100 awards ...

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