Solar Technology & PV R&D News

Non-Volatile Memory Breakthrough: Layered Nickelate
Researchers from Tohoku University and University of Tsukuba in Japan have made a breakthrough in developing a non-volatile phase change memory using a nickelate material. Discover the potential advantages of this material with improved performance, sustainability and lower costs.
Sep 11, 2023 // Technology, Japan, Asia, perovskite, University of Tsukuba, Tohoku University
Hybrid Solar and Carbon: 600 Megatons of CO2 Reduction by 2030
Discover the potential of hybrid PV-T solar technologies to reduce global emissions with Professor Christos Markides' study from Imperial College London. Learn more about the different types of solar systems, collector design modifications, and advancements to facilitate the adoption of this technology.
Sep 8, 2023 // Technology, Christos Markides, Department of Chemical Engineering
Boosting Solar Efficiency: Link Silicon & Perovskite
Researchers from Princeton University and KAUST have linked silicon and perovskite solar cells to boost efficiency and stability. Partial shading had no effect on the tandem solar module, making it an effective renewable energy resource.
Sep 7, 2023 // Technology, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, solar cell, perovskite, efficiency, KAUST, Princeton University
Flexible Solar Cell Soars: 19% PCE Gain
QIBEBT researchers have developed a ternary organic solar cell with power conversion efficiency gains of over 19%, using a third component to improve crystallinity and alignment. Learn more about the mechanisms driving these efficiency gains.
Sep 5, 2023 // Technology, organic solar cell, Chinese Academy of Sciences, QIBEBT
Vaisala's Solar Performance Monitoring Solution: Maximising Solar Power Output
Vaisala introduces comprehensive weather station for solar power plant optimization to provide real-time data & optimize performance, reduce LCOE and boost ROI. Ensure a sustainable and affordable energy future with this innovative solution.
Sep 4, 2023 // Technology, Plants, Vaisala
Controlling Thickness of Semiconductor Crystals
This research from Duke, Purdue, Yale, Lawrence Berkeley, CAS, Westlake and Huazhong Universities introduces a new technique to control the thickness of perovskite single crystals, which allows for tuning of electron and hole energy levels. The study's experimental and theoretical teams worked together to synthesize and characterize the materials and simulate their structure and properties. Led by Letian Dou and Volker Blum.
Sep 4, 2023 // Technology, perovskite, Lawrence Berkeley, CAS, Duke, Purdue, Yale, Westlake, Huazhong University
Funded for Future: Graphene-Powered Perovskite PV
First Graphene, Halocell Energy, and QUT have secured an AUD$2 million grant to develop perovskite solar cells, leveraging graphene-based materials to create cost-effective solutions. Validation of these materials will aid in the large-scale commercial production.
Sep 4, 2023 // Technology, perovskite, First Graphene, Halocell Energy, QUT
Engaging Solar Cells: Colorful, Transparent, Efficient
Research team succeeds in creating world's first transparent thin-film solar cell on flexible substrate with reflective colors, maintaining cell efficiency. Multi-layer thin film reduces the reflection loss in visible light, making solar cells with varied colors & excellent efficiency at a reasonable cost. Can be used in image sensors, photolithography masks, and infrared shielding fields. Research team actively pursues solar modules with esthetic & functional BIPV elements.
Aug 29, 2023 // Technology, Asia, Korea, thin-film solar cell, Jung-dae Kwon
Toshiba Achieves 16.6% Efficiency on Perovskite Solar Module
Toshiba achieves 16.6% efficiency for its polymer film-based perovskite solar module, setting a new record. The one-step coating process enables a faster production process and a lightweight panel ideal for difficult installation locations. By 2025, Toshiba plans to make this technology available for mass production.
Aug 28, 2023 // Technology, Japan, Asia, perovskite, solar module, Toshiba
17.1% Efficient Steel Perovskite Solar Cells
Australian researchers develop record-breaking PSC on steel with 17.1% efficiency, leveraging ITO interlayer, SnO2 ETL, and OABra passivation strategy.
Aug 25, 2023 // Technology, UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY SYDNEY, University of New South Wales, perovskite solar cell, University of Sydney, Macquarie University
23.7% Solar Cell: A New Monolith Perovskite-PERC
New research from the Netherlands has led to the creation of a monolithic perovskite-PERC tandem solar cell with a tunnel recombination junction, achieving an efficiency of 23.7%. This technology is expected to be beneficial for scaling up to larger sizes.
Aug 25, 2023 // Technology, Europe, solar cell, perovskite, Netherlands, Eindhoven University of Technology, TNO, TNO/Holst Centre, Eindhoven Institute for Renewable Energy Systems, EIRES
Minimizing Voltage Loss in Ternary Solar Cells
Researchers have identified two design strategies to minimize voltage losses and improve open-circuit voltage in ternary organic solar cells. Yuming Wang from Linköping University leads a team of researchers including those from Hasselt University, IMEC, and other institutes studying the origins of this loss of voltage. Results published in Nature Energy.
Aug 22, 2023 // Technology, solar cell, Linköping University, organic solar cell, Hasselt University, Imec
Solix Sprayer: 95% Reduction in Herbicide Use
Solinftec's partnership with American cooperatives promises over 95% reduction in herbicide application for sustainable production.
Aug 22, 2023 // Technology, Solinftec, solix sprayer
Power Roll Secures £1M for Low-Cost Solar Film
Power Roll has secured an investment of £1 million to expand their patentedMicrogrooves technology andcommercialize their affordable and efficient flexible solar film worldwide. Their solar film can produce cost-effective electricity for a variety of applications.
Aug 21, 2023 // Technology, Markets & Finance News, Power Roll
Liquid-Shielded Protects Water-Sensitive Materials
Harvard researchers have developed a novel liquid-based encapsulation platform offering water protection without sacrificing the properties of contained materials. Features include flexibility, optical transparency, and self-healing - perfect for devices like solar cells and bioelectronics.
Aug 18, 2023 // Technology, perovskite, Harvard University