Solar Technology & PV R&D News

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
Ather Energy to set up Li-ion, EV production unit in India
Ather Energy, an Indian electric scooter maker, has signed a memorandum of understanding with the government of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu to open a new production facility for lithium-ion batteries and electric vehicles.
Dec 2, 2019 // Technology, Storage, Grids, India, Asia, Ather Energy, Tarun Mehta, Li-ion, EV
New method to create efficient perovskite solar cells
Scientists from Singapore and Netherlands have found out how to create highly-efficient next-generation solar cells of perovskite materials.
Dec 2, 2019 // Technology, solar cells, Europe, Asia, perovskite, Netherlands, Singapore
New hybrid perovskite material for photovoltaic cells with improved stability
The group of researchers at Purdue University has developed a new sandwich-structured perovskite, which combines inorganic and organic materials. The innovative material is expected to maximize the perovskite solar cells’ thermal stability with no need to include toxic lead in the structure.
Dec 2, 2019 // Technology, USA, perovskite, North America
China to create a satellite-based solar power solution by 2035
China is going to complete a 200-tonne megawatt-scale satellite-based solar power project by 2035.
Dec 2, 2019 // Technology, Plants, Large-Scale, China, Asia
Australia could start exporting sunshine in the form of hydrogen
The government has been seen as slow to act on climate change, while Labor offered an ambitious carbon reduction policy.
Dec 2, 2019 // Technology, Thermal, Solar to Fuel, Toyota, Australia, hydrogen, Oceania, Darren Miller, Alan Finkel, Craig Buckley, Øivind Wilhelmsen, Solar to Fuel, Solar to Hydrogen, Producing Hydrogen, Hydrogen from renewable, Renewable fuels
The ‘butterfly effect’ of Chinese PV listings
A recent study shows that PV costs have declined faster than any other energy technology over the past two decades. The researcher behind the study said this would not have been possible without the “butterfly effect,” which is based on the idea that a small change in one part of a complex system can have a large impact elsewhere. The researcher also attributed the the rapidly declining cost of PV to Chinese manufacturing and strong US investor support.
Nov 29, 2019 // Technology, Manufacturing News, USA, Canadian Solar, China, JA Solar, JinkoSolar, Asia, Trina Solar, North America, Hanwha Q Cells, Martin Andrew Green
Interface in solar cells is a key to alternative manufacturing methods
The group of scientists headed by Professor Julien Bachmann controls the interlayer in solar cells to achieve high efficiency while using cost-efficient technologies and materials.
Nov 29, 2019 // Technology, solar cells, Europe, Julien Bachmann
Vattenfall heads to the Netherlands for 1.2MW floating solar debut
Swedish state-owned utility Vattenfall is to build its first floating solar farm in the Netherlands, a country increasingly seeing floating solar appear on its doorstep.
Nov 29, 2019 // Technology, Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Floating PV, solar pv, floating PV, Europe, Netherlands, Vattenfall, shell
The nature of defects in perovskite materials discovered
Japanese scientists have investigated the nature of defects present in the structure of hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites. The study outcome is likely to help make perovskite solar cells more stable and improve their efficiency.
Nov 29, 2019 // Technology, Japan, Asia, perovskite
Researchers have discovered how to avoid energy waste by solar modules
Hot electrons can appear a key to maximizing energy collection from the sun by photovoltaic panels.
Nov 27, 2019 // Technology, pv modules, Europe, Asia, Netherlands, Singapore, PV cells, UG, NTU
£5.2m invested in Virtu hybrid solar project developed by Naked Energy
The amount of £5.2m has been raised during the latest fundraising round for Naked Energy’s solar thermal hybrid project. Most of the sum was invested by Earthworm, environmental fund management company, in conjunction with a co-investor – energy holding Taqa.
Nov 27, 2019 // Technology, Markets & Finance News, Thermal, USA, North America, Virtu, Naked Energy
The MIT research team discovers a new perovskite material with ten times higher electrical conductivity
A group of scientists from Massachusetts Institute of Technology has created a novel transparent perovskite material that can be used in solar cell protective coating – PEDOT. The cells made of this organic polymer are easier to manufacture and install.
Nov 27, 2019 // Technology, USA, perovskite, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, North America, PEDOT