Solar Technology & PV R&D News

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 News, 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 News, 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
Promising materials to make efficient batteries
Lithium has been considered the most attractive material for battery manufacturing for quite a while. However, the production process has a number of limitations and frequently causes accidents. So developers are in search of better options to replace lithium in battery making.
Jan 17, 2020 // Technology, Storage, hydrogen, lithium, Zinc, Sodium-sulphur
Jinko claims two more efficiency records for bifacial panels
The Chinese manufacturer has achieved conversion efficiencies of 21.82% and 22.49% for its p-type PERC and n-type HOT bifacial panels, respectively. The results were confirmed by Germany’s TÜV Rheinland.
Jan 17, 2020 // Technology, Manufacturing News, China, bifacial, PV panels, Asia, PERC, Jinko
S²A Modular acquires rights to FreeVolt graphene solar technology
Luxury sustainable home builder S²A Modular has acquired exclusive rights to use graphene solar panels incorporating graphene photovoltaic technology, PV Graf, patented by Polish headquartered solar specialist FreeVolt.
Jan 16, 2020 // Technology, Manufacturing News, FreeVolt, S²A Modular, Ryan Leusch
In search of a golden mean for boosting battery performance
The research team from Rice University has found out that too many defects intentionally created in crystalline lattice can lead to lithium-ion battery degradation.
Jan 15, 2020 // Technology, Storage, USA, North America, lithium-ion battery, Rice University, lithium-ion cells
Power Ledger introduces new product for management of solar assets
Power Ledger has acquired a photovoltaic power plant in Western Australia with a capacity of 250 kilowatts, where it will implement its new product – PPA Vision. The system allows managing and settling energy transactions to make them more transparent.
Jan 15, 2020 // Technology, Markets & Finance News, Software, pv power plants, Western Australia, Power Ledger
Microsoft May Have a Plan to Use Solar Panels to Charge the Next Surface Pro Through Its Type Cover Accessory
Type Cover for the Surface Pro Will Also Be Able to Charge Machine Using an Artificial Light Source
Jan 15, 2020 // Technology, Manufacturing News, Solar Panels, Microsoft
Sunverge partners with LG on utility-side smart home energy management
Sunverge, the provider of Distributed Energy Resource (DER) control and aggregation platform, announced a strategic alliance with LG Electronics, a global leader in smart appliances and renewable energy technology.
Jan 14, 2020 // Technology, Software, USA, North America, LG, Sunverge, DER, Martin Milani, Stephen Hahm
Perovskite to boost energy harvest of solar cells
Perovskites are likely to become a cost-effective and high-efficiency alternative for making solar cells as soon as they become as stable as silicon.
Jan 14, 2020 // Technology, China, Australia, solar cells, Asia, Oceania, perovskites
Indian scientists are developing unique VRFB
OPG and IITD collaborate to conduct a joint research and development of vanadium redox flow batteries. The project is financed by Indian Science & Technology Department.
Jan 13, 2020 // Technology, Manufacturing News, Storage, India, Asia, OPG, IITD, vanadium flow batt
New technology to examine lithium whiskers for safe and durable batts
A group of scientists from three research universities has grown and observed a lithium dendrite, which will allow preventing the growth of such structures.
Jan 13, 2020 // Technology, Storage, USA, China, Asia, lithium, North America, lithium battery