Solar Cells News

  • Are printable solar panels the future of solar power?

    "Despite places like Australia being bathed in sun, the cost of traditional silicon-based solar cells hasn't inspired people to buy, buy, buy," said Johnny Lieu at Mashable​. But new superthin, printable solar panels could bring the price of rooftop solar power down dramatically. Researchers at the University of Newcastle in Australia are testing solar cells that use electronic inks ...


    By Klean Industries Inc

  • U.S. Solar Market Adds 2 Gigawatts of PV in Q1 2017

    Following rapid growth across the industry in 2016, the United States solar market added 2,044 megawatts of new capacity in the first quarter of 2017. As installations grow, prices continue to fall to new lows, with utility-scale system prices dropping below the $1 per watt barrier for the first time, according to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association's (SEIA) latest  ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Natcore Surpasses 20% Efficiency Milestone With Innovative Laser-Based Solar Cell Structure

    Scientists at Natcore Technology Inc. (TSX-V: NXT; OTCQB: NTCXF) have achieved an efficiency of 20.7% in their latest demonstration solar cell. Their result has received independent confirmation at the NanoPower Research Lab of the Rochester Institute of Technology. Natcore’s device efficiency has now increased by more than three absolute percent since June, when the company ...


    By Natcore Technology, Inc.

  • NREL’s New Perovskite Ink Opens Window for Quality Cells

    Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) developed a new perovskite ink with a long processing window that allows the scalable production of perovskite thin films for high-efficiency solar cells. Proven highly efficient at converting sunlight into electricity, perovskite solar cells have yet to move beyond the laboratory. The crystalline ...

  • NREL Establishes World Record for Solar Hydrogen Production

    Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recaptured the record for highest efficiency in solar hydrogen production via a photoelectrochemical (PEC) water-splitting process. The new solar-to-hydrogen (STH) efficiency record is 16.2 percent, topping a reported14 percent efficiency in 2015 by an international team made up of researchers from ...

  • CVD Acquires Assets of Tantaline A/S

    CVD Equipment Corporation (NASDAQ: CVV), a leading provider of chemical vapor deposition systems, has purchased certain assets (including all of the IP) formerly owned by Tantaline A/S of Nordborg, Denmark through our wholly owned subsidiary, CVD Materials Corporation. Formed in 2007, as a spin off from The Danfoss Group, ...


    By CVD Equipment Corporation

  • Natcore Technology Named Industrial Partner in DOE Grant

    Natcore Technology (TSX-V: NXT; OTCQB: NTCXF) will be the industrial partner in a $800K SunShot grant awarded to Arizona State University by the U.S. Department of Energy for a project titled “Monolithic silicon module manufacturing at < 0.40 $/W.” ASU received the grant to develop and demonstrate technology that enables a mass-manufactured solar module that costs less than ...


    By Natcore Technology, Inc.

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • 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

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