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  • Boosting the power of solar cells

    New ways of squeezing out greater efficiency from solar photovoltaic cells are emerging from computer simulations and lab tests conducted by a team of physicists and engineers at MIT. Using computer modeling and a variety of advanced chip-manufacturing techniques, they have applied an antireflection coating to the front, and a novel combination of multi-layered reflective coatings and a tightly ...

  • 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

  • Detecting defects in solar cells

    Solar panels, or photovoltaic (PV) modules, are being rapidly deployed across the world as costs fall and the need for sustainable, low-carbon energy grows. Being able to effectively characterise PV cells is a key factor in quality control during manufacturing and understanding their long-term behaviour. NPL researchers, Simon Hall, Matt Cashmore and John Blackburn, have developed a new technique ...

  • 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 ...

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

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  • Nanopillars promise cheap, efficient, flexible solar cells

    Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California at Berkeley have demonstrated a way to fabricate efficient solar cells from low-cost and flexible materials. The new design grows optically active semiconductors in arrays of nanoscale pillars, each a single crystal, with dimensions measured in billionths of a meter. “To take ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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.

  • Solar Modules Built With Calisolar Cells Attain Industry Certification

    Rigorous Testing of Open Renewables Modules Demonstrates Performance, Durability, Efficiency, Stability and Safety of Calisolar CellsSUNNYVALE, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 07/13/10 -- Calisolar, a vertically integrated manufacturer of solar silicon, wafers and cells, today announced that modules built using Calisolar cells have passed all tests required to be ...


    By Marketwire

  • Solar panel silicon recovery methods tested

    A three-step chemical process could successfully recover high-purity silicon from recycled photovoltaic (PV) solar panels, new tests show. The scientists behind the research say that recycling not only helps the PV industry meet regulatory requirements, but also reduces pressure on demand for raw materials. Since 2014, the WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Directive1 has required ...

  • NREL launches partnership with Solarmer Energy to extend lifetime of plastic solar cells

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Solarmer Energy, Inc., have signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) to collaborate on improving  the lifetime of plastic solar cells, a promising new solar conversion technology. The joint research covered by the CRADA will explore the lifetime and stability of the organic ...

  • NREL Research Identifies Increased Potential for Perovskites as a Material for Solar Cells

    Scientists at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have demonstrated a way to significantly increase the efficiency of perovskite solar cells by reducing the amount of energy lost to heat. A paper on the discovery, "Observation of a hot-phonon bottleneck in ...

  • NREL, UCLA certify world record for polymer solar cell efficiency

    Scientists boosted the significance of tandem polymer solar cells by successfully testing cells with low-bandgap polymers that achieved certified conversion efficiencies of 8.62 ± 0.3% with respect to standard terrestrial reporting conditions. That’s the highest independently measured efficiency for a polymer solar cell, say researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s ...

  • Chinese Solar Cell and Panel Manufacturers Market Survey - 5th Edition

    Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue:   Chinese Solar Cell and Panel Manufacturers Market Survey – 5th ...


    By ReportLinker

  • NREL and Stanford team up on peel-and-stick solar cells

    It may be possible soon to charge cell phones, change the tint on windows, or power small toys with peel-and-stick versions of solar cells, thanks to a partnership between Stanford University and the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). A scientific paper, “Peel and Stick: Fabricating Thin Film Solar Cells on Universal Substrates,” appears in ...

  • Efficiency record of 17.6% on flexible CIGS solar cell on plastic developed at EMPA

    Flexible thin film solar cells on polymer film with a new record efficiency of 17.6% have been developed by the scientists at the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Material Science and Technology (EMPA). The conversion efficiency record has been independently certified by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) in Freiburg, Germany.  Scientists under the leadership of Dr. ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • KYOCERA’s 315-Watt, 80-Cell Solar Module Launches in the U.S.

    Kyocera Solar, Inc. today announced the launch of its highest-output solar module, the 80-cell KD 315. The new module is ideal for large-scale installations like solar-covered parking, and is now available for U.S. customers. With a 37-year history of solar innovation and cutting edge technologies, Kyocera continues to display its commitment to quality and reliability with the release of the KD ...


    By Kyocera Solar, Inc.

  • Dutch to test solar panels on bicycle path

    A project dubbed "SolaRoad" gets underway in the Netherlands this week, testing roadways as a potential canvas to collect solar energy. Fittingly for the cycle-crazy Dutch, the first SolaRoad is a bike path not far from Amsterdam. The path is built of massive, Lego-like modules of solar panels embedded in concrete, each with heavy-duty glass on top protecting them from wear. An additional rough ...


    By Associated Press

  • 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 ...

  • World Premiere: Organic solar cells for building integrated photovoltaics

    Konarka Technologies is starting as the first company world-wide to manufacture organic solar cells for building-integrated applications. In the consumer sector the innovative solar cells of the American manufacturer have been used successfully for many years. For their integration into buildings, the technology leader was now able to win over the cable manufacturer Lapp Kabel GmbH, the ...


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