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  • Solar cell, heal thyself

    Plants are good at doing what scientists and engineers have been struggling to do for decades: converting sunlight into stored energy, and doing so reliably day after day, year after year. Now some MIT scientists have succeeded in mimicking a key aspect of that process. One of the problems with harvesting sunlight is that the sun's rays can be highly destructive to many materials. Sunlight leads ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Solar cells light up prison cells on `The Rock`

    "Machine Gun Kelly," Al Capone, the "Birdman" - Alcatraz prison has had some infamous residents on the craggy island known as "The Rock" in the middle of San Francisco Bay. Now, the prison is host to 1,300 solar panels, powering lights and appliances that for three-quarters of a century were powered by diesel fuel ferried across the bay. The panels are part of an effort by the ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Canadian Solar Announces New Powerful Solar Cell

    Canadian Solar Inc. (the "Company", "we" or "Canadian Solar") (NASDAQ: CSIQ), one of the world's largest solar companies, today announced its new ELPS solar cell technology boasting up to 19.5 percent cell efficiency for the monocrystalline and up to 18 percent for polycrystalline cells.Canadian Solar, one of the world's leading solar companies, will introduce its new powerful ELPS solar cell ...


    By Canadian Solar Inc. (CSI)

  • Improving a New Breed of Solar Cells

    Original story at MIT News Solar-cell technology has advanced rapidly, as hundreds of groups around the world pursue more than two dozen approaches using different materials, technologies, and approaches to improve efficiency and reduce costs. Now a team at MIT has set a new record for the most efficient quantum-dot cells ...

  • Canadian Solar Announces New Powerful Solar Cell

    Canadian Solar Inc. (the "Company", "we" or "Canadian Solar") (NASDAQ: CSIQ), one of the world's largest solar companies, today announced its new ELPS solar cell technology boasting up to 19.5 percent cell efficiency for the monocrystalline and up to 18 percent for polycrystalline cells.Canadian Solar, one of the world's leading solar companies, will introduce its new powerful ELPS solar cell ...


    By Canadian Solar Inc. (CSI)

  • Recycling old batteries into solar cells

    Original story at MIT News This could be a classic win-win solution: A system proposed by researchers at MIT recycles materials from discarded car batteries — a potential source of lead pollution — into new, long-lasting solar panels that provide emissions-free power. The system is described in a ...

  • Sanyo Electric to up capacity for solar cells

    Sanyo Electric Co. will spend 7.8 billion yen (US$81.9 million) to increase output capacity for solar cells at a Shimane Prefecture facility by about 70 percent next April. The firm plans to boost production of its HIT solar cells, which are a hybrid of crystalline and thin-film technologies. It foresees growth in demand for solar power generation systems on the back of economic stimulus ...


    By Japan Corporate News - JCN

  • Efficient solar cells from silicon wires

    US researchers have designed a new silicon-based solar cell which uses 100 times less silicon than conventional photovoltaic devices. The system relies on the geometry of the silicon being reconfigured from a flat wafer to arrays of tiny silicon rods aligned vertically on the cell. Currently silicon solar cells are fabricated on brittle wafers of silicon around 100-200 micrometres thick. While ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Research and Markets: Advances in Thin-Film Solar Cells

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  • Getting More Electricity out of Solar Cells

    Original story at MIT News When sunlight shines on today’s solar cells, much of the incoming energy is given off as waste heat rather than electrical current. In a few materials, however, extra energy produces extra electrons — behavior that could significantly increase solar-cell efficiency. An ...

  • ABB automates solar cell chemical technology

    The expansion will enable Evonik to triple production of ultra-pure chlorosilanes, raw material in the production of photovoltaic (PV) silicon. PV silicon is the substance from which solar-grade silicon wafers are made, which are the key components in solar cells and solar power systems. Evonik is the world’s leading supplier of ultra-pure chlorosilanes, and the only company to operate dedicated ...


    By ABB

  • NREL Demonstrates 45.7% Efficiency for Concentrator Solar Cell

    The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory has announced the demonstration of a 45.7 percent conversion efficiency for a four-junction solar cell at 234 suns concentration. This achievement represents one of the highest photovoltaic research cell efficiencies achieved across all types of solar ...

  • Scientists set new record for solar cells efficiency

    Researchers at the Germany-based Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) announced that they have succeeded in improving the efficiency of solar cells, which are designed to convert available light into electricity. The quantum electronic phenomenon called the photovoltaic (PV) effect makes this possible. The team said the effectiveness of III-V semiconductor multi-junction solar ...

  • First Solar Sets New World Record for CdTe Solar Cell Efficiency

    First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) today announced it set a new world record for cadmium-telluride (CdTe) photovoltaic (PV) solar cell conversion efficiency, achieving 18.7 percent cell efficiency in tests confirmed by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The record-setting cell was constructed at the Company’s Perrysburg, Ohio factory and R&D ...


    By First Solar, Inc.

  • UK and India collaborate on cheaper and more efficient solar cells

    Challenges in developing cost-effective, efficient and stable solar energy systems are being tackled by two government-led solar research projects. Two research projects focussed on photovoltaics, launched by the UK and Indian governments, are set to tackle some of the main challenges in developing cost-effective, efficient and stable solar energy systems. Funded by Research Councils UK ...

  • M+W Zander completes factory to manufacture solar cells for Q-Cells in Malaysia

    Engineering company M+W Zander has designed and built a new solar cell manufacturing facility for Q-Cells in Malaysia, and has handed over the facility on schedule. This major project was completed within a tight construction time frame of less than 8 months to achieve Ready for Equipment. The three-storey solar-cell factory with eight production lines has an annual output of 500 megawatts ...


    By Japan Corporate News - JCN

  • Solar cell production: Wet chemical monitoring of texturing processes

    ProcessLab is a robust, easy-to-use analyzer that is installed directly at the process line. All that is required is taking a sample and selecting the parameters to be determined. Crucial parameters of texturing baths such as content of the various acids as well as alkaline components are determined fully autonomously. This means efficient and direct process control right on site, day and night ...


    By Metrohm AG

  • Solar3D Announces Breakthrough Feature to Produce 200% of the Power of Conventional Solar Cells

    Solar3D, Inc. (OTCBB: SLTD), the developer of a breakthrough 3-dimensional solar cell technology to maximize the conversion of sunlight into electricity, today announced a design modification that enables its super-efficient solar cell to collect sunlight from a wider angle than conventional solar cells. A patent application has been filed on the new design element. "This major breakthrough ...


    By Marketwire

  • Canadian Solar Announces 600 MW PV Cell Plant Joint Venture

    Canadian Solar Inc. (the "Company", "we" or "Canadian Solar") (NASDAQ: CSIQ), one of the world's largest solar companies, today announced that it has signed an agreement with Suzhou New District Economic Development Group Corporation ("SND") and Suzhou Science and Technology City Development Co., Ltd ("SST") to build a 600 MW photovoltaic (PV) cell production factory in Suzhou, Jiangsu ...


    By Canadian Solar Inc. (CSI)

  • SunPower Announces World-Record Efficiency Solar Cell Now in Commercial Production

     SunPower Corp. (NASDAQ: SPWR), a Silicon Valley-based manufacturer of high efficiency solar cells, solar panels and solar systems today announced that its third generation SunPower® Maxeon™ solar cell (Maxeon) is now in commercial production.  This world-record efficiency solar cell delivers sunlight to electricity conversion efficiency of up to 24 percent. SunPower's new ...


    By SunPower Corporation

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