Solar Technology & PV R&D News

A banner year for advancing non-battery storage
This has been a breakthrough year for non-battery storage, with key advances in pumped hydro, power-to-gas, and thermal storage technologies. Many industry players are moving beyond pilot projects to contracted projects, which could lead to increased scale and lower costs.
Nov 1, 2019 // Technology, Storage, Solar to Fuel, USA, Canada, Germany, Europe, North America, CRYOBattery, non-battery storage, Power-to-hydrogen, thermal storage, Ice Energy, Siemens Gamesa, Solar to Fuel, Solar to Hydrogen, Producing Hydrogen, Hydrogen from renewable, Renewable fuels, cryogenic energy storage, solar cryogenic storage
Dutch startup Lightyear sets new benchmark in automobile aerodynamics with its solar-powered car
Many of the technologies we come across everyday seem to be either perfect or nearing perfection. However, there is always scope for improvement and this is what the Dutch startup Lightyear follows. The company manufactures a car that comes equipped with a solar panel that helps generate electricity and improve the vehicle’s range. While the solar panel itself is not a new innovation, the company has announced of notably improving the aerodynamics of its car.
Nov 1, 2019 // Technology, Transport, Europe, Lightyear, startup
Perovskite Nanocrystal Breakthrough Could Lead to a Better, Cheaper Solar Cells
Scientific instrument made at McGill reveals liquid-like properties of a solid substance.
Nov 1, 2019 // Technology, Canada, solar cells, perovskite, North America, McGill University, Patanjali Kambhampati
Scientists double down on hydrogen production
A team of scientists led by the University of Glasgow has discovered a more efficient method of splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen using electricity which it says could almost double the amount of hydrogen produced per millivolt.
Oct 31, 2019 // Technology, Storage, Solar to Fuel, Europe, Glasgow, Alexey Ganin, Solar to Fuel, Solar to Hydrogen, Producing Hydrogen, Hydrogen from renewable, Renewable fuels
PV to address water scarcity
The government of the Philippines will spend $500 million on solar-powered water supply and desalination in remote areas of Mindanao, the second-largest island in the archipelago. Elsewhere, a Finnish study has suggested drought-hit Iran could benefit from renewable-powered desalination.
Oct 30, 2019 // Technology, Plants, Markets & Finance News, Storage, Asia, Philippines, MinDA, Iran, Emmanuel Piñol, desalination plants
Swedish Solar Expo touts solar and hydrogen community project
Where seasonal storage is paramount, hydrogen comes into play. Under-the-radar solar market Sweden has presented its hydrogen projects and technological solutions to overcome the country’s natural solar barriers.
Oct 30, 2019 // Technology, Markets & Finance News, Sweden, Europe, hydrogen, hydrogen projects, Joan Carlehed, Hans Olof Nilson, Susanné Wallner, Johanna Lakso
Nano-sizing solar panel scrap could create next-gen battery anodes
The uptake of solar power around the world is certainly a good thing for the planet, but that doesn’t mean it is without environmental consequence either. Some solar panel components are more easily recycled than others, and scientists in Australia may have just figured out how to repurpose one of the trickiest and most valuable: the silicon that serves as its semiconductor.
Oct 29, 2019 // Technology, Storage, Australia, solar panel, Oceania, battery anode, Deakin University, Mokhlesur Rahman, Ying Chen
SunUp provides a backpack-hugging solar-power solution for hikers
The best of rigid and flexible solar panels combine in SunUp, a product for outdoor adventurers invented by Brunel University design graduate Bradley Brister.
Oct 29, 2019 // BIPV, Technology, Solar Panels, flexible, SunUp, Bradley Brister, Lucy Hughes
Perovkiste solar cells need proteins
A U.S. research team has used protein bacteriorhodopsin to improve the efficiency of what it called ‘bioperovskite’ solar cells. The scientists used Förster Resonance Energy Transfer to predict the strength of long-range excitonic transport between the perovskite and protein layers.
Oct 28, 2019 // Technology, USA, solar cells, North America, Perovkiste, Shashank Priya
PV against cancer
Research from the United States has demonstrated how PV technology can be used to kill cancer cells. Although still at an embryonic stage, the findings of the study and initial test results suggest solar power could be an effective tool in relation to light-activated fluorescent dyes for disease diagnosis, image-guided surgery and site-specific tumor treatment.
Oct 28, 2019 // Technology, PV technology, cancer, Michigan State University, solar glass
Promising soiling mitigation solutions should not be left to gather dust
A study has estimated the cost of PV project soiling may increase from €3-5 billion last year to €4-7 billion by 2023 due to more extensive deployment in high insolation and soiling-affected regions, such as China and India. The authors of the paper outlined the potential of soiling mitigation technologies while stressing more R&D is needed to reduce costs and for the adoption of such measures on a larger scale.
Oct 25, 2019 // Technology, Manufacturing News, Plants, Large-Scale, India, China, Asia, coating materials, soiling
Microquanta achieves 14.24% efficiency with large-area perovskite solar module
The four-year-old Hangzhou-based business says it already has a 20 MW perovskite module pilot line and is working on a mass production facility in the city of Quzhou.
Oct 25, 2019 // Technology, Manufacturing News, China, Asia, Microquanta, perovskite cell
Photons Moving in Slow-motion at 1 Trillion Frames per Second
Using recently developed technology known as a streak camera, MIT engineers were able to visualize the propagation of light in super slow motion.
Oct 24, 2019 // Technology, MIT
Ambibox reports efficiency world record for solar DC charging of electric off-road buggy
A German start-up achieved more than 99% efficiency when charging a vehicle developed by the Bochum University of Applied Sciences with electricity from solar cells. Ambibox’s DC charging technology was used in a research project in the Australian desert.
Oct 22, 2019 // Technology, Germany, UK, Australia, Europe, Oceania, Bochum University, Manfred Przybilla
Eindhoven team's family car wins World Solar Challenge
The Solar Team of the Eindhoven University of Technology won the World Solar Challenge in Australia in the cruiser category. This is the fourth year in a row that the Eindhoven team won gold in this category for family solar-powered cars, the university announced on Twitter.
Oct 21, 2019 // Technology, Transport, Australia, World Solar Challenge, Oceania, Eindhoven University of Technology, Twitter, Stella Era, Carijn Mulder