Silicon heterojunction solar cell hits 23.5% performance with brand-new hole-selective get in touch with
Scientists from Switzerland's École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne have actually utilized molybdenum oxide as the hole-selective call in an heterojuction silicon cell. The researchers declare the substance can take on conventional get in touches with in spite of a reduced degree of optimization.
Feb 10, 2020 // Technology, Manufacturing, Europe, solar cell, heterojunction, silicon, Switzerland, EPFL
ABB's electrification business posts strong returns after inverter divestment
The Swiss-headquartered technology corporation is reorganizing, stimulating the figures. That effect was magnified by acquisitions and sell-offs in 2015 with ABB announcing in July it would hand over its inverter service to Italian company Fimer.
Feb 5, 2020 // Markets & Finance, ABB, Europe, Switzerland
Solving seasonal storage with aluminum cycling
Scientists at Switzerland’s University of Applied Sciences Rapperswil have demonstrated an aluminum conversion process which could be valuable for long-term renewable energy storage. Simulations suggest that by employing the process, a new multi-family building in Switzerland could meet all its energy demand from a 7-11 kWp solar system.
Jan 23, 2020 // Technology, Storage, Europe, hydrogen, Switzerland, Aluminum, University of Applied Sciences Rapperswil
ABB launches pioneering floating solar plant in Switzerland
ABB has partnered with Romande Energie to provide its own inverter solutions for one of the world's highest floating PV installations, which raises efficacy of DC generation by up to 30 percent, even in winter.
Dec 13, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Floating PV, ABB, floating PV, Europe, Switzerland
Axpo is developing a new Alp-based solar project
The energy company is creating a 2-megawatt plant in the canton of Glarus. It will be installed on the wall of the dam at the Muttsee reservoir in the Alps. The facility is claimed to produce large amounts of power, including the winter season.
Nov 28, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Axpo, Europe, Switzerland
Scientists hit 21.6% perovskite cell efficiency using concentrator PV
An international research group achieved the result on a 9 sq mm, triple-cation based, n-i-p structured perovskite cell using low solar concentration levels. Device instability, however, remains a challenge.
Nov 22, 2019 // Technology, Saudi Arabia, UK, Europe, Asia, perovskite, Switzerland
Alpine floating solar
Romande Energie is currently creating a floating solar system high in the Alps. In spite of being exposed to unfavorable meteorological conditions, the plant is predicted to generate more power by half compared to lowland-installed solutions.
Nov 19, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Floating PV, floating PV, Europe, Switzerland, Romande Energie
Meyer Burger resists rebel shareholder at EGM
The Swiss solar equipment supplier today fought off an attempt by its largest single shareholder to have a representative appointed to its board and to have its executive pay regime reviewed. Victory in that battle may secure the company some wiggle room, but the war over corporate strategy appears far from over.
Oct 31, 2019 // Manufacturing, Markets & Finance, Europe, meyer burger, Switzerland, EGM, Mark Kerekes, Sentis
Meyer Burger raises another $14m by selling software subsidiary
The Swiss solar equipment maker has already sold its corporate headquarters this week as it aims to generate a fighting fund until the hoped-for returns of a European PV manufacturing renaissance materialize.
Oct 25, 2019 // Manufacturing, Markets & Finance, China, solar cells, Europe, Asia, meyer burger, Switzerland, AIS Automation Dresden GmbH
New configuration gives perovskite cells 18% efficiency
Cesium lead black perovskites could be interesting for solar cell development if their crystals are observed in their less efficient but more stable beta phase. The efficiency shortfall can be solved by healing emerging cracks in the surface of the cell using a choline iodide solution, according to an international team of scientists.
Oct 4, 2019 // Technology, Manufacturing, China, Europe, Asia, Switzerland, Luis K Ono, Jiao Tong University
Northern European states mark clean policy milestones
Northern Europe’s clean energy scene has witnessed a flurry of policy moves in the space of a week, with at least four countries making announcements on various auctions and subsidy schemes.
Oct 2, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance, Grids, Germany, Europe, auction, Switzerland, Netherlands, subsidies, denmark, tenders
Switzerland plans large scale solar auctions
The Swiss Federal Council intends to increase competition in the solar sector and set fixed tariffs for large PV projects using tenders. The electricity market will be fully opened up in a move industry association Swissolar says will discriminate against PV and threaten the rapid expansion of renewables.
Sep 30, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Tariffs, tender, Europe, auction, Switzerland, Swissolar
Bigging UP the carbon-free pioneers: Step forward 3S Solar Plus
pv magazine’s UP campaign aims to highlight industry movers who embrace carbon reduction and the circular economy in their operations and Swiss BIPV manufacturer 3S Solar Plus boasts an impressive sustainability record.
Sep 25, 2019 // Manufacturing, China, Europe, JinkoSolar, Asia, Switzerland, PERC, carbon-free, 3S Solar Plus, Patrick Hofer-Noser
Swiss scientists identify causes of defects in silicon carbides for power electronics
Carbon clusters of a few nanometers in size could be responsible for the defects affecting the thermal stability of SiCs. The defective carbon accumulations arise during the oxidation of silicon carbide to silicon dioxide under high temperatures
Sep 13, 2019 // Technology, Inverters, Europe, Switzerland, carbon, Dipanwita Dutta
A close look at nature could lead to cheaper hydrogen
Scientists at the Australia National University have observed a key stage in the process of photosynthesis which could be copied to greatly increase the efficiency of sunlight-powered water splitting processes used to produce hydrogen.
Aug 12, 2019 // Technology, Solar to Fuel, USA, Germany, Australia, Europe, hydrogen, Switzerland, oceania, Australia National University, sunlight-powered water, Max Planck Institute, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Maria Chrysina, North America, Solar to Fuel, Solar to Hydrogen, Producing Hydrogen, Hydrogen from renewable, Renewable fuels