Solar Technology & PV R&D News

Ricoh launches solar cell for indoor applications
The Japanese electronics company has actually produced a solid-state, dye-sensitized solar cell for combination into sensing units and customer electronics. The company states the gadget can generate electricity from indoor light.
Feb 5, 2020 // Technology, Manufacturing News, Japan, Asia, solar cell, Ricoh, Tetsuya Tanaka
Mercedes-Benz partner with Hydro-Québec for solid-state battery development
The luxury car maker is banking on the timely advancement of market-ready solid-state batteries. Mercedes will work with the Canadian research institute to rapidly incorporate brand-new technology into field applications to cut development cycle times.
Feb 5, 2020 // Technology, Storage, USA, Canada, France, Texas, Europe, North America, Mercedes-Benz, Jochen Hermann
Solar PV panel with encapsulated tracking mirrors unveiled at Intersolar
Canadian solar product developer ISP Solar presented its development 'Intensifying Solar Panels' at Intersolar in San Diego, California
Feb 5, 2020 // Technology, Manufacturing News, Canada, solar pv, North America, ISP Solar, Suneet Singh Tuli
Yotta to set up SolarLEAF at CSU Dominguez Hills
Yotta, the designer of safe panel-level energy storage, has partnered with California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) to set up Yotta'' s exclusive technology for energy storage on school.
Feb 5, 2020 // Technology, Storage, Software, California, USA, North America, Yotta, SolarLEAF, Omeed Badkoobeh, Kenneth Seeton
Forecasting solar power generation with 'deep photovoltaic nowcasting'
The 'deep photovoltaic nowcasting' task established by Chile's Institute of Engineering Sciences of the University of O'Higgins, Canada's Laval University and Japan's Kyoto University, seeks to make short-term, high-resolution forecasts of solar power generation.
Feb 4, 2020 // Technology, Japan, Canada, Chile, South america, Asia, North America, Rodrigo Verschae
UK designers introduce freestanding curved panel
Item advancement company the Cambridge Design Partnership, dealing with compatriot solar service Solivus, has actually developed a curved solar module featuring a natural thin movie. The style is based upon Solivus' desire to "create a product so attractive that individuals would enjoy to have one in their garden".
Feb 4, 2020 // Technology, Manufacturing News, Germany, UK, Europe, solar panel, Solivus, Jo Parker-Swift, Ben Crundwell
Eskom looks for modules and installing structures for off-grid job
The South African utility is seeking deals for the supply of 1,383 320 W polycrystalline modules and installing structures, to be used for the construction of 4 off-grid PV projects at its proving ground.
Feb 4, 2020 // Technology, Markets & Finance News, Grids, tender, Africa, eskom, South Africa
New perovskite guarantees 38.7% effective tandem cells
Japanese researchers have recognized a perovskite material with a strong band edge gap and high stability which they say might offer 38.7% efficiency if utilized in the right tandem cell architecture.
Feb 4, 2020 // Technology, Japan, solar cells, Asia, perovskite
An alumina lining for silicon in storage
Researchers at Rice University in the U.S. have actually carried out explores lithium-ion batteries utilizing silicon as an anode product and made an unexpected discovery relating to an aluminum oxide passivation layer at the cathode. The finding might open up a new path toward much better performing lithium-ion batteries.
Feb 3, 2020 // Technology, Storage, USA, silicon, North America, Rice University, Sibani Lisa Biswal, alumina
Nonflammable electrolyte for high-performance potassium batteries
Australian scientists have established a nonflammable electrolyte for potassium and potassium-ion batteries, for applications in next-generation energy-storage systems beyond lithium innovation.
Feb 3, 2020 // Technology, Storage, Australia, Oceania, electrolyte, Zaiping Guo
Anti-solar cells: A photovoltaic cell that operates at night
In truth, a specially created photovoltaic cell might create up to 50 watts of power per square meter under ideal conditions in the evening, about a quarter of what a traditional solar panel can create in daytime, according to an idea paper by Munday and graduate student Tristan Deppe.
Feb 3, 2020 // Technology, USA, solar cells, North America, University of Maryland, Jeremy Munday
CEA INES and Enel announce 24.63% effectiveness for heterojunction solar cell
The effectiveness of the solar cell, which is made with a basic M2 wafer, was raised by around 0.7% through an improved busbarless screen printing metallization process based on heterojunction (HJT) processes developed with production devices supplied by Swiss professional Meyer Hamburger.
Feb 3, 2020 // Technology, Manufacturing News, France, Italy, Enel, Europe, solar cell, meyer burger, CEA INES
A mathematical technique for choosing the very best PV technology in hot, dry locations
The proposed model is said to carry out much better at energy prediction than software application tools such as PVWatts, PVSyst or RetScreen. The approach was verified on 2 5 MW PV plants in the very same district of the Indian state of Rajasthan.
Feb 3, 2020 // Technology, Software, India, PV plant, Asia, PVWatts, PVSyst, RetScreen
Manganese to improve battery performance
A group of Danish researchers has discovered that introduction of manganese into a Na-ion battery’s cathode can improve its capacity and power.
Jan 31, 2020 // Technology, Storage, Europe, Denmark, Sodium-ion batteries
New efficiency record achieved by tandem solar cell
An R&D team from HZB has established a new record for tandem silicon/perovskite solar cells. The cell measured 1 sq cm has achieved 29.15 percent conversion efficiency. The researchers state that the new record of 30 percent is on the way. The achievement has been approved by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems.
Jan 30, 2020 // Technology, Germany, Europe, solar cell