PV panels

Solar cells with holes pierced in them can be used as windows
UNIST researchers have discovered how to let light through photovoltaic panels. They have made dense micro-holes in a cell, which makes it seen as fully transparent and suitable for window application.
Dec 12, 2019 // Technology, PV panels, Asia, Korea, solar sells, UNIST
Energy Materials Corporation to help scale-up creation of perovskite solar PV panels
Energy Materials Corporation reports that the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office has chosen EMC to progress perovskite photovoltaic module development and research.
Dec 11, 2019 // Technology, Manufacturing News, PV panels, perovskite, Energy Materials Corporation, Energy Solar Energy Technologies
France’s Ombrea develops solar blinds with sliding PV panels
The company said its technology, which is managed by an AI-based system, can be used in agrivoltaic projects.
Dec 5, 2019 // Technology, Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, France, PV panels, Europe, Ombrea, Julie Davico-Pahin
Food crops do better in the shade of solar panels
Another study has highlighted the advantages of combining solar with agriculture. According to the paper, growing chiltepin pepper, jalapeno and cherry tomato in dryland areas of the U.S. under the shade of PV modules is not only possible, but can lead to a better harvest.
Sep 3, 2019 // Technology, PV panels, Europe, University of Arizona, Greg Barron-Gafford, Margit Deimel
Exciting excitons
A research team from Columbia University has designed organic molecules that can produce excitons with a longer lifecycle than inorganic equivalents. The excitons have the potential to amplify the amount of electricity generated by the photons a solar cell absorbs.
Aug 16, 2019 // Technology, USA, PV panels, Columbia University, organic molecules, inorganic, Luis Campos
Agrivoltaics good for agriculture and panel efficiency
A U.S. research team has found the most efficient locations for agrivoltaics include western America, southern Africa and the Middle East. The researchers found crop land, grasslands and wetlands were the best environments for PV projects linked to agriculture. Conditions suitable for crops are ideal for improving solar module efficiency.
Aug 12, 2019 // Technology, USA, Japan, PV panels, plants, Netherlands, Oregon State University, agrivoltaics
Third-party solar markets will win from US-China trade war — Fitch
The global power and renewable energy market is expected to remain largely unaffected by the Trump administration’s new wave of tariffs on Chinese goods. Although shipments of Chinese modules into the U.S. market are falling, Chinese manufacturers sent more panels to overseas markets in the first half of this year than they did in the same period of 2018. Analysts from Fitch, meanwhile, claim the U.S. solar market will continue to expand, despite higher project costs.
Aug 5, 2019 // Large-Scale, Tariffs, Policy, Solar, USA, China, Fitch, PV panels, Trump, solar market, Asia, North America