Solar Technology & PV R&D News

Solar-Powered Looms: Doubling Income & Women's Empowerment
Experience Resham Sutra, a Delhi-based social enterprise, and help empower women artisans across India to double their income with solar-powered looms. Purchasing these machines reduces CO2 emissions and overcomes unreliable electricity supplies. Support Resham Sutra in expanding their reach and helping provide loans to artisans.
Oct 3, 2023 // Technology, India, Asia
Boviet Solar's Hail-Proof Modules: A Top Performer
PVEL's Annual PV Module Reliability Scorecard provides empirical data on the performance of Boviet Solar Technology Co.'s Vega Series 540W Bifacial PV Modules - top performers that can withstand hail while reducing insurance claims for successful long-term operations. Discover the data and benchmarking performance of these resilient modules.
Oct 3, 2023 // Technology, PV module, Boviet
"Cheaper than Tap Water": Solar-Powered Desalination
Discover the most cost-effective solar desalination system ever developed. Learn how this new system can make drinking water more accessible and affordable around the world.
Oct 3, 2023 // Technology, MIT
Flying Non-Stop: Solar Airship One's Epic World Tour
Experience a non-stop world tour with Solar Airship One! This whale-shaped aircraft harnesses the power of solar and hydrogen to fly 25 countries over 20 days with zero CO2 emissions. Follow a team of astronauts and paraplegic pilots on this revolutionary journey.
Oct 2, 2023 // Technology, Transport, Solar Airship One
Revolutionizing Power: MIT's Ultralight Solar Cells
Discover the remarkable power of MIT's ultralight fabric solar cells- 18x more efficient than traditional solar panels, capturing energy from any surface and resistant to 500+ cycles of rolling & unrolling. Embark on a greener future with sustainable energy generation.
Oct 2, 2023 // Technology, solar cell, MIT
Solar Cells Enable Self-Driving Cars at Night
Organic solar cells that can detect circularly polarised light in the entire visible spectrum? Linköping University researchers have made it possible. Now self-driving cars and other uses have become more reliable. Learn how the material's chirality, lightweight design, and simple manufacturing process make it a great choice for small and cheap sensors.
Oct 2, 2023 // Technology, solar cell, Linköping University
Revolutionizing Color & Solar Tech
A revolutionary optical coating developed by Case Western Reserve University physicists to extend solar panel life, increase data storage & improve anti-counterfeiting measures. Collaborators from MIT, the University of Arizona & University of Rochester applied findings from Italian physicist Ugo Fano to produce vivid, pure colors. Published in Nature Communications.
Oct 2, 2023 // Technology, solar panel, Case Western Reserve University, Giuseppe Strangi
Silicon Soars to Record 36.1% Efficiency
Discover the record-breaking efficiency of Fraunhofer ISE's silicon-based multijunction solar cell: 36.1%! Their breakthrough nanocoating design and silicon TOPCon layer stack are perfect for limited-space applications like solar-powered cars, products & drones.
Sep 27, 2023 // Technology, Fraunhofer ISE, efficiency, silicon solar cell
Super-Highway: Organic Dyes Drive Solar Energy Transport
Organic dyes provide virtual highways for energy, leading to light & thin organic solar cells with improved efficiency. TUM research group discovers quinoid merocyanines to increase performance of organic solar cells with fast and targeted exciton transport.
Sep 27, 2023 // Technology, organic solar cells, TUM, Technical University of Munich
Solving Rural Arizonans' Water Access: Solar-Powered Water from Thin Air
Arizona rural communities are getting creative with solutions to the challenge of safe drinking water. Innovative projects like solar-powered desalination, water treatment systems, and Hydropanels are providing clean drinking water and educating students. Join tribal and university partnerships in securing safe drinking water for all Arizonans.
Sep 26, 2023 // Technology, USA, Arizona, North America
Perovskite Solar Cells: Improved Efficiency with Aluminium Coating
Discover how a new nanoscale coating of aluminum oxide on metal halide perovskite significantly improves energy output of perovskite solar cells, bringing us closer to global net zero targets. Researchers from University of Surrey, University of Warwick and UNSW explain.
Sep 25, 2023 // Technology, solar cell, perovskite, University of Warwick, University of Surrey, University of New South Wales
Perovskite-Silicon Solar: Record Voltage
Discover how Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE achieved a record open circuit voltage of >2.8 V in their perovskite-based triple-junction solar cell. Understand how optimizations in interlayers and gas quenching methods enabled this success and how this could lead to more efficient solar energy generation in the future.
Sep 21, 2023 // Technology, solar cell, perovskite, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE
Solar-Powered Vehicles: Urban Shadowing's Impact
Explore the potential of solar-powered vehicles worldwide: researchers find the median extended driving range is 18 km/day/kWp, with Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia the most favorable geographies. Installed capacity, local solar irradiation and urban shadowing all affect potential.
Sep 19, 2023 // Technology, Transport, Solar-Powered Vehicles
Tim Peake: Solar Farms in Space -- Viable and Vital
Astronaut Tim Peake backs space-based solar farms, with SpaceX rockets bringing costs down to $300 per kilo. ESA's Solaris programme looks to launch solar panels into space, with UK funding to create energy equivalent to a large power station. However, the technology is still years away from solving any energy challenges.
Sep 18, 2023 // Technology, Plants, solar farm, Tim Peake, Space
17.48% Efficiency: Printable Mesoscopic PV Cells
Researchers from East China University of Science and Technology have developed a new manufacturing process for printable mesoscopic carbon perovskite solar cells (p-MPSCs): replacing metals & vapor deposition with carbon & screen printing for cost-effective production & high efficiency.
Sep 18, 2023 // Technology, China, Asia, efficiency, East China University of Science and Technology, perovskite solar cell