Solar Technology & PV R&D News

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
A group of researchers from Russia has invented a 8.8% amorphous silicon solar cell
The newly created photovoltaic cell is based on p-type transparent conductive film manufactured of carbon nanotubes. The innovation is announced to provide efficiency 16 per cent over the existing amorphous cells
Nov 18, 2019 // Technology, Europe, Asia, solar cell, Russia, amorphous silicon
Organic dopants for a stable perovskite
Researchers at Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah University of Science and Technology have demonstrated a method they say could improve the stability of perovskite structures. The group found adding an organic dopant served to increase the strength of chemical bonds between organic and inorganic elements of a perovskite.
Nov 15, 2019 // Technology, Saudi Arabia, Asia, perovskite, KAUST, Aleksandra Oranskaia
What is wrong with Fe photovoltaic cells
Scientists at Swedish Lund University are exploring the process due to which about a third of Fe-based solar cells’ energy is wasted. Identifying the way charge loss happens, they insist, is going to be the initial move toward solving the problem and creating high-efficiency photovoltaic cells of cheap and available material.
Nov 14, 2019 // Technology, Sweden, Europe, PV cells, Lund University
Three steps to fast-charging potassium batteries
Scientists led by Moscow’s Skolkovo Institute of Technology have drawn upon several of their recent battery material innovations to create a potassium-ion device. The institute says its development will pave the way for ultrafast and durable, high capacity metal-ion batteries, to supply rising demand for energy storage innovations.
Nov 14, 2019 // Technology, Manufacturing News, Storage, Lithium-ion batteries, Pavel Troshin, Skoltech, Europe, Asia, Russia, Moscow, Roman Kapaev, Philipp Obrezkov
German research team sets up a record for solar module efficiency
Research team from a few German institutes, together with South-China-based University of Technology, breaks a conversion efficiency record for organic photovoltaic modules. The 26 sq cm module consisting of 12 cells shows 12.6 per cent efficiency. The achievement is registered by Fraunhofer ISE.
Nov 13, 2019 // Technology, Germany, China, Europe, Asia, PV module
MiaSolé sets a new record for large flexible CIGS cells
The American subsidiary of Hanergy Holding has set up a new efficiency record for large-scale thin-film PV module. The recorded figure is 18.64 per cent on a unit with a 1.08 sq m opening. The achievement has been registered by German Fraunhofer ISE.
Nov 12, 2019 // Technology, USA, Miasolé, PV module, thin-film, North America, flexible CIGS cells
Newly developed material for radiative cooling of photovoltaics
The researchers from Spain have developed a material claimed to provide radiative cooling as well as self-purification of e-devices which are subject to critical heating when operating, such as photovoltaic cells. The heat emitter allows decreasing the day-hours temp of the silicon substrate by about 14 degrees C.
Nov 12, 2019 // Technology, Manufacturing News, Spain, Europe, photovoltaic, radiative cooling
Orderly disorder: Cambridge scientists make surprising perovskite discovery
Researchers have made a finding they say could vastly simplify and reduce the production cost of perovskite solar cells. Working with mixed halide perovskites, the group found a disordered chemical composition can improve device efficiency.
Nov 12, 2019 // Technology, Manufacturing News, UK, solar cells, Europe, perovskite, Cambridge University, crystalline silicon PV, Sascha Feldmann, Stuart MacPherson, Sam Stranks