Solar Technology & PV R&D News

Solar energy: the 8 ideas that will make panels more efficient and cheaper
A new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency released this week explains how the sun looks set to shine on solar energy systems over the coming decades, with a wealth of advancements and dropping prices that could boost adoption.
Nov 27, 2019 // Technology, Rooftop PV, Thermal, Floating PV, TESLA, South Korea, Europe, Asia, IRENA, PERC, Norway, perovskites, International Renewable Energy Agency, Thin-film cells, Tandem cells, SINTEF
New conversion achievement for bifacial crystalline-silicon i-TOPCon solar cells
The latest peak conversion rate over 23 per cent for a large version of n-type photovoltaic cells achieved by China-based Trina Solar has been recognized by German ISFH calibration and test center.
Nov 25, 2019 // Technology, Germany, China, bifacial, Europe, Asia, Trina, PV cell, c-Si i-TOPCon, ISFH CalTeC
Modelling a 55% solar power system for the United States
The scientists from National Renewable Energy Lab have created a model of the potential energy system of the U.S. comprising 55 per cent of solar energy. The research has shown there would be some days in spring when too much electricity would be generated, which proves the importance of energy storage.
Nov 25, 2019 // Technology, Storage, USA, North America, National Renewable Energy Lab
Big Data and Solar Energy Are a Match Made in Heaven
New forecasting technology may be the missing puzzle piece in solar's widespread adoption.
Nov 23, 2019 // Technology, TESLA, Greta Thunberg, HyREF, Extra Space Storage
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
American scientists discover a new catalyst for hydrogen production from seawater
The research group from the University of Houston has found a novel catalyst which is likely to help effectively split hydrogen from seawater. This innovation is supposed to considerably advance the seawater electrolysis development for commercial hydrogen production.
Nov 22, 2019 // Technology, Solar to Fuel, USA, hydrogen, North America, University of Houston, Solar to Fuel, Solar to Hydrogen, Producing Hydrogen, Hydrogen from renewable, Renewable fuels
A research team from Australia discovers a nanomaterial for sodium-sulfur batteries
A group of scientists from UOW has created an advanced nanomaterial, which can be a perfect cathode for normal-temperature sodium-sulfur batts, bringing them closer to a targeted large-scale energy storage application.
Nov 22, 2019 // Technology, Storage, Australia, Oceania, UOW
Innovative ‘light harvesting material’ will be produced at a new Swedish factory
Sweden-based solar maker Exeger is building a new factory to manufacture an advanced dye-sensitized material, which is supposed to allow solar-powered portable e-gadgets to operate infinitely with no need for battery recharge.
Nov 21, 2019 // Technology, Manufacturing News, Markets & Finance News, ABB, Sweden, Europe, Exeger
Newest research on perovskites for solar cell production
A team of German scientists from HZB has performed a thorough research of methylammonium lead iodide structure. The crystal is among the most high-potential perovskites for solar cells. The researchers have discovered some properties, which are likely to help cope with the existing challenges and create cells that can boast both high efficiency and stability.
Nov 20, 2019 // Technology, Germany, UK, Europe, perovskites, HZB
Heliogen is likely to cope with carbon emission problem
The advanced technology developed by the startup funded by Bill Gates is aimed at minimization of gas emissions from heavy industries.
Nov 20, 2019 // Technology, Manufacturing News, Thermal, Solar to Fuel, USA, North America, Heliogen, Bill Gates, Solar to Fuel, Solar to Hydrogen, Producing Hydrogen, Hydrogen from renewable, Renewable fuels, Concentrated solar power
Gravitational energy storage innovations
The research team from Austria has developed an innovative gravity-based energy storage plant suitable for low energy demand locations. The solution is compatible with different storage systems including renewables.
Nov 20, 2019 // Technology, Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Storage, Europe, Austria, Energy Vault
Hanergy sets up a new solar cell efficiency record
Chengdu R&D Center of Hanergy has established a new conversion efficiency record for silicon heterojunction cells.
Nov 20, 2019 // Technology, Asia, Hanergy, SHJ, silicon cell
A whole new perovskite material to harvest hot electrons
A Dutch-Singaporean scientific team has invented a brand-new semiconductor material based on bulk perovskite. This novel material allows collecting hot carriers’ excessive energy. Theoretically, reaping hot carriers can double hybrid-perovskite photovoltaic cells efficiency.
Nov 19, 2019 // Technology, Europe, Asia, perovskite, Netherlands, Singapore
German scientists works on brand new solar cell materials
The Carl Zeiss Foundation has invested €4.5m in the R&D project by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany. The KIT research team is going to invent whole new photovoltaic cells, which are supposed to provide all the benefits of organic, crystalline silicon and perovskite solar cells, such as printability, stability and ferroelectric properties.
Nov 19, 2019 // Technology, Germany, Europe, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Carl Zeiss Foundation
Innovative converter topology for wind-solar projects
An Egyptian scientist has discovered a new way to achieve optimal electricity generation by hybrid generators with the help of power point tracking. The newly created permanent magnetic synchronous generator for wind-solar is based on multi-input rectifier converters. It is supposed to get rid of harmonic currents with no need for additional input filtering.
Nov 18, 2019 // Technology, Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Asia, Africa, Egypt, hybrid plants, wind power plants, Simulink SW