Solar Technology & PV R&D News

Australia shows low interest in e-mobility
According to the latest survey, Australia is the country least interested in e-vehicles because of underdeveloped recharging network, short drive distance and expensiveness.
Dec 9, 2019 // Technology, Markets & Finance News, Storage, Transport, Australia, Oceania, ARENA, e-vehicles
Collaboration for 20 percent efficient CIGS solar modules
European solar panel makers have combined efforts with research centers to developed improved procedures for CIGS manufacturing. The venture codenamed SUCCESS aims at production line efficiency exceeding 20 percent for modules sized 30 cm x 30 cm
Dec 6, 2019 // Technology, Manufacturing News, France, Germany, China, Europe, Asia, solar cell, Netherlands, HZB, CIGS, SMIT, Solar Frontier, flexible module, Solliance, IMN
Chalcogenide perovskite materials for waste heat recovery and solar power
The recent study has shown that metal chalcogenide perovskite materials may be utilized for conversion of heat energy into consumable electrical power. These compounds, suitable for solar cell production, feature excellent aqueous and thermal stability. Another benefit is nontoxicity of their elements.
Dec 6, 2019 // Technology, USA, perovskite, North America, PV cells
France’s Ombrea develops solar blinds with sliding PV panels
The company said its technology, which is managed by an AI-based system, can be used in agrivoltaic projects.
Dec 5, 2019 // Technology, Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, France, PV panels, Europe, Ombrea, Julie Davico-Pahin
Coupling pumped hydro with renewables and other storage technologies
The combination of pumped hydro with other storage technologies can increase renewables penetration, improve operational safety and reduce maintenance costs at large-scale hydropower plants, according to new research. The study also focuses on techniques to determine the optimal size of renewables-based pumped hydro storage systems. Costs for hybrid solar-pumped hydro projects currently range from $0.098/kWh to $1.36/kWh.
Dec 5, 2019 // Technology, Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Sweden, Poland, Europe, shanghai, Jiao Tong University, pumped hydro, Mälardalen University, AGH University of Science and Technology
Hydrogen research fuels new solar ideas for green energy
New research led by Curtin University explores the use of methanol as a storage for hydrogen fuel, providing a potential green option for the extraction and creation of this zero pollution energy source.
Dec 5, 2019 // Technology, Solar to Fuel, Australia, hydrogen, Oceania, Curtin University, Guohua Jia, Zongyou Yin
Innovative material to boost performance of photovoltaic cells
A group of scientists from the Korean IBS, in collaboration with the Netherlands-based UvA, has created a new 2D material with atomic layer thickness, which offers super high energy conversion efficiency.
Dec 4, 2019 // Technology, Europe, Asia, Korea, Netherlands, PV cells, flexible PV, IBS
NICE Solar Energy & Manz set CIGS thin-film solar module efficiency record at 17.6%
The new total area efficiency record has been confirmed by TÜV Rheinland on a module surface area of 120 x 60 centimeters, using Manz production equipment at the NICE Solar Energy R&D facility in Schwäbisch Hall, Germany.
Dec 4, 2019 // Technology, Germany, China, Europe, Asia, CIGS thin film, Manz AG, nice solar energy co, pv celltech
Scientific team from Japan finds the reason of OPV cell degradation under ultraviolet light
The researchers have found out that performance of organic solar cells drops by about a half after a hundred hours of light exposure. They explain the degradation by increasing resistance of OSC layer.
Dec 4, 2019 // Technology, Japan, Asia, OPV cells, PV cell
Student-made solar car approached Guinness World Record speed. They are still working to take the title
Cal Poly team members kept their eyes on El Mirage Lake’s horizon, waiting in anticipation. Just then, the futuristic vehicle they knew all too well emerged from a mirage and sped across the desert.
Dec 4, 2019 // Technology, Transport, Japan, Asia, Cal Poly, Ashiya University, PROVE, Guinness, Kristin Kraybill, Aaron Li, Lacey Davis
Impact of Existing and Emerging 3D Printed Solar Energy Trees Market Trends And Forecast 2015-2025
3D printed solar energy trees are artificial trees for harvesting solar energy.
Dec 3, 2019 // BIPV, Technology, solar energy trees, 3D printed, SolarBotanic, Envision Solar International Inc., Solar Impulse Industry Co. Ltd, Creative Smart Innovations, Spotlight Solar
Construction works start at HyP SA green hydrogen facility
The South Australian shift toward renewable power has witnessed a new considerable step forward. The construction is starting at a major clean hydrogen project south of Adelaide. The facility is announced to feature the largest PEM electrolyzer in Australia.
Dec 3, 2019 // Technology, Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Residential, Grids, Australia, hydrogen, Oceania, AGN
A new metric to evaluate the economic feasibility of cell efficiency increase
Researchers have introduced a new metric for determination of the highest allowable cost for cell efficiency increase and levelized cost of electricity optimization. The scientists have called this new parameter ‘value of efficiency’.
Dec 3, 2019 // Technology, Manufacturing News, Commercial, USA, LCOE, North America, PV cell, VOE
New algorithm to limit the huge list of prospective batt materials
A group of American scientists have selected 133 thousand prospective molecules for batt electrolyte from the list of 166bn with the help of newly created machine learning algorithm. The new approach is said to minimize the cost of computational examination without compromising the investigation accuracy.
Dec 3, 2019 // Technology, Storage, USA, North America, Li-ion
Worm drive for more accurate heliostat calibration
Global generation of solar powered energy is actively expanding. According BloombergNEF, it is likely to increase from the current 2 percent of the global electricity production up to 22 percent by the middle of the century.
Dec 2, 2019 // Technology, Plants, Large-Scale, California, USA, North America, CSP plant, Concentrated solar power