Solar Technology & PV R&D News

On this webpage, we present the news on solar power research and development. Here you can get acquainted with the latest photovoltaic technologies. The information presented is collected from various online resources and world’s major solar research centers and institutes. Everything related to PV R&D and technology is compiled in one category

Watch how to improve perovskite solar cells in 2D!
Saudi researchers claim to have improved the thermal stability and moisture resistance of such devices by replacing 3D hybrid perovskite with two-dimensional compounds. They used organic compound ethanolamine, which is said to provide better results in slowing down the hot-carrier cooling process.
Jan 24, 2020 // Technology, Saudi Arabia, solar cells, Asia, perovskite
Huawei leveraging telecoms-led AI tech to boost project LCOE
Global technology giant Huawei is tapping into its telecoms-led, AI and 5G technologies to bolster the levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) in utility-scale solar projects.
Jan 24, 2020 // Technology, Inverters, UTILITY-SCALE SOLAR, Huawei, ai, Rizwan Razaq
New process could yield 26.6% efficient IBC cells
Researchers in Germany are trialing a host of new processes and materials to develop interdigitated back contact solar cells. A deposition technology named ‘hot-wire’ chemical vapor deposition, is said to provide excellent passivation without the need for treatments such as recrystallization or hydrogenation.
Jan 24, 2020 // Technology, Germany, solar cells, Europe
Less may be more in next-gen batteries
The process of developing better rechargeable batteries may be cloudy, but there's an alumina lining.
Jan 24, 2020 // Technology, Storage, USA, North America, Sibani Lisa Biswal, Rice lab
Newly discovered molecules capture the whole light spectrum
American researchers have found new molecules able to make use of the whole visible light range. Rhodium is effective at both absorbing the light and catalyzing the process of converting sunlight into hydrogen. The latter is suitable for usage as climate-safe fuel.
Jan 23, 2020 // Technology, USA, Solar Panels, hydrogen, North America, Rhodium
Japanese scientists study photosynthesis and Chl f for future solar application
A group of scientists from several Japanese research universities have found new information on where exactly the molecule of chlorophyl f is located and how it works. The research was conducted to better understand the photosynthesis process in order to be able to apply this knowledge practically, including solar industry.
Jan 23, 2020 // Technology, Japan, Asia, chlorophyl f
A electrode Arrangement for PV panels that are shingled
Researchers in Korea have suggested a layout for bonding and dividing that's believed to provide increased efficiency. The number of palms optimized to five cells for branch has been 171 and 128. Five provide power conversion efficiency of 17.346percentage and three 16.855%.
Jan 23, 2020 // Technology, PV panels, Asia, Korea
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
Perovskites meet the stability standard
European research group Solliance says its perovskite modules have passed three key industry standard reliability tests: Light soaking, damp heat and thermal cycling. The group said it is the first time perovskite modules of that size have achieved such results and represents a milestone in the technology’s move toward commercialization.
Jan 23, 2020 // Technology, Europe, perovskites, Solliance
The best models for predicting solar cell performance
A research has been conducted to select the optimal math model for prediction of photovoltaic panel performance in different ambient conditions.
Jan 22, 2020 // Technology, pvcellefficiency, Photovoltaicpanelefficiency, Photovoltaicefficiency
Panasonic creates superlight perovskite solar module with efficiency of 16%
The 3 millimeter thick module has an 802 sq cm area. The weight of the panel has been decreased via an ultrathin glass substrate, while conversion rate has been increased by an ink-jet coating technology.
Jan 22, 2020 // Technology, Manufacturing, Japan, Panasonic, Asia, perovskite, MODULES & UPSTREAM MANUFACTURING, TECHNOLOGY
New solar-plus-storage material is on the way
Innovative solar-plus-storage technology is being created in the United Kingdom.
Jan 21, 2020 // Technology, Storage, storage, UK, Europe
JinkoSolar establishes new efficiency records for its solar modules
The global solar industry leader has demonstrated new achievements for its HOT bifacial N-type and mono-PERC P-type module. Both types of solar devices have been tested by German TÜV Rheinland.
Jan 21, 2020 // Technology, Manufacturing, monocrystalline, JinkoSolar, cell module
Losing a few PV panels in space can cost millions of dollars
European satellite operator Eutelsat has revealed one of the two solar arrays on its recently launched 5 West B satellite has been lost. Only 45% of the craft’s generation capacity can be operated, hitting the company’s bottom line to the tune of $5-10 million.
Jan 21, 2020 // Technology, Solar, PV technology, Eutelsat, satellite
Inorganic perovskite cells achieve 16.1% efficiency
Hongkongese scientists have created all organic perovskite solar cells claimed to reach 16.1 percent efficiency. The technology is based on Lewis-base small molecules passivating the layer of inorganic perovskite.
Jan 17, 2020 // Technology, Hong Kong, solar cells, perovskite