Solar Technology & PV R&D News

The US Air Force Plans to Transmit Solar Power Collected in Space down to the Ground
The Space Solar project will supply electricity to distant military posts, with no necessity to endanger convoys.
Nov 6, 2019 // Technology, USA, North America, US Air Force, Northrop Grumman Corporation
The French association creates a hybrid energy storage and cogeneration solution
Smart Energy Hub system can work both as an electrolyser and as a fuel cell. In the first case, it stores energy in the form of biogas. In the second case, it converts gas into heat and electricity. The system has been developed by Sylfen and French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission.
Nov 6, 2019 // Technology, Storage, Solar to Fuel, France, Europe, Smart Energy Hub, Sylfen, Solar to Fuel, Solar to Hydrogen, Producing Hydrogen, Hydrogen from renewable, Renewable fuels
Perovskite solar cells get an upgrade
Rice University scientists believe they've overcome a major hurdle keeping perovskite-based solar cells from achieving mainstream use.
Nov 6, 2019 // Technology, USA, solar cells, perovskite, North America, Rice University
New generation of solar panels consisting of small sunflower imitations
A new type of PV plants is being developed: solar systems consisting of rows of small man-made sunflowers, which automatically turn their heads toward the sun.
Nov 5, 2019 // Technology, Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, PV plants, Los Angeles, sunflower, SunBOT, Ximin He, University of California
Adding Godzilla-like strength to PV modules
University of New Mexico and Air Force Research Laboratory scientists have teamed up to prolong the life of solar modules by harnessing the Atom Ant-like strength of carbon nanotubes.
Nov 4, 2019 // Technology, USA, Solar Panels, North America, New Mexico, Sang M. Han, David Wilt, University of New Mexico, Air Force Research Laboratory, MetZilla, John Chavez
Swimming electrons in perovskite nanocrystals
Research from Canada has revealed liquid-like lineshape dynamics in cesium-lead iodide perovskite nanocrystals. The findings could be used to produce cheaper and more efficient perovskite cells, researchers claim.
Nov 2, 2019 // Technology, Manufacturing News, Canada, North America, McGill University, perovskite cells
Straining to fix perovskite cells
A technique based on optical imaging has been used by an international research team to illuminate strains in lead halide perovskite solar cells without harming them. The scientists claim the approach helped them discover misorientation between microscopic perovskite crystals was the main cause of the strains.
Nov 2, 2019 // Technology, Manufacturing News, USA, Washington, Europe, Netherlands, North America, perovskite cells, University of Washington, FOM Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics, David Ginger
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