Solar Technology & PV R&D News

25% Efficiency Record Shattered: Perovskite Solar Cells
Breakthrough research at Northwestern Univ. yields record-breaking efficiency for perovskite solar cells. New dual-molecule solution solves electron losses from surface defects & interfaces, achieving 25.1% efficiency. Research builds on prior Nature paper.
Nov 20, 2023 // Technology, NREL, solar cell, perovskite, National Renewable Energy Lab, efficiency, Northwestern University
AI-Made Solar Cells: 16.9% Efficient in Weeks
This new AI-driven system can rapidly and reproducibly design solar cells from the mineral perovskite. Researchers from RMIT, Monash and CSIRO achieved 16.9% power-conversion efficiency with no human intervention. Prototype your own solar cell with this system and industry partners.
Nov 16, 2023 // Technology, solar cell, perovskite, efficiency, CSIRO, RMIT, Monash
Clean Water & Energy: Solar-Powered Breakthrough
Revolutionary solar-powered device inspired by photosynthesis, designed by University of Cambridge researchers, can simultaneously produce clean water and hydrogen fuel from contaminated sources. The device is an ideal solution for resource-limited, off-grid areas and can help address global energy and water crises.
Nov 15, 2023 // Technology, University of Cambridge
$3M Boosts Perovskite Solar Mfg.
University of Michigan project backed by $3 million grant from NSF seeks to improve process of semiconductor materials manufacturing for perovskite solar cells. New cyber manufacturing technology may radically transform manufacturing, while protecting company info and worker interests.
Nov 15, 2023 // Technology, Manufacturing News, Markets & Finance News, solar cell, perovskite, University of Michigan
Redefining Energy Efficiency: 2D Semiconductor with 1,000 Transistors
Unlock new possibilities in data-processing with the revolutionary two-dimensional molybdenum disulfide processor from the EPFL LANES team. A processor dedicated to vector-matrix multiplication, perfect for AI accelerators and more, with the potential to reduce energy consumption and revolutionize data-processing.
Nov 14, 2023 // Technology, efficiency, EPFL, School of Engineering, Laboratory of Nanoscale Electronics and Structures, LANES
Aussies Heat Ceramics to 1450F with Solar Power
Unlock the power of the sun with breakthrough concentrated solar power. Australian scientists have pushed thermal energy storage to new heights, heating ceramic particles to 803°C & storing it for up to 15 hours. This could be a key to low-cost renewable energy for Australia & beyond.
Nov 13, 2023 // Technology, Australia, Oceania
Parallel Planar Heterojunction: A Promising Strategy for Enhancing Solar Cell Efficiency
Discover a new breakthrough strategy to maximize the efficiency of solar cells! The PPHJ device, consisting of two types of conventional PHJ subcells and antimony trisulfide, simplifies the preparation process of solar cells and has achieved an impressive 8.32% efficiency- the highest among all Sb2S3 devices. Unlock the potential of low-cost and efficient solar cells!
Nov 13, 2023 // Technology, solar cell, efficiency, Chinese Academy of Sciences, CAS, Hefei Institutes of Physical Science, HFIPS, Wang Mingtai, Institute of Solid State Physics
BIPV's Efficiency Boost: 4.5% Increase
Experience the benefits of roof albedo for improved PV system efficiency and mitigate urban heat island effect with Building-Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV). A research report conducted by researchers from the University of South Wales (Australia) and Calcutta University has revealed its importance.
Nov 9, 2023 // Technology, bipv, Australia, Oceania, Building-integrated photovoltaics, efficiency, University of South Wales, Calcutta University
PVEL Strengthens PV Module Tests: Hail, Backsheet Durability Focus
PVEL upgrades Product Qualification Program to provide more data-driven insights into PV module procurement, including UVID, HSS, MSS, LID, DH, LETID, and BDS tests on 600 mills of materials from 70+ manufacturers.
Nov 9, 2023 // Technology, Manufacturing News, PV module, pvel
Molecular Bridge Boosts Perovskite Solar Cells
A research team has proposed a novel strategy to enhance the performance of perovskite solar cells; using a molecular bridge made of ammonium cations to create a strong connection between layers. Theoretical and experimental studies show promise for top-performing solar cells, with potential for clean energy generation.
Nov 8, 2023 // Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, CAS, perovskite solar cells, Pan Xu, Hefei Institutes of Physical Science, Institute of Solid-State Physics, HIPS
Unlocking Outdoor Stability in Solar Cells
Unlock a new source of energy with KAUST's discovery of a link between organic semiconductor and outdoor stability of organic solar cells. With applications from photovoltaic windows to net-zero greenhouses, this breakthrough could open up a world of possibilities.
Nov 7, 2023 // Technology, solar cell, KAUST, photovoltaic window
93% Solar PR: Halead's SUNPLUS
Halead's SUNPLUS Solution achieved a 93% performance ratio, 88% reflectivity & 15-year service life. Maximize power generation & reduce LCOE by up to 4% with tear-resistant, waterproof, mildew & antibacterial material that can withstand extreme climates.
Nov 6, 2023 // Technology, Plants, SUNPLUS
3D Printed Perovskites: Lighting Revolution
Experience 3D printing's amazing potential to transform lighting technology: Researchers from the University of Missouri and the University of Tulsa have combined perovskite nanocrystals and UV resin to produce a thin, stable color conversion layer. This could create cheaper, higher quality lighting with energy efficiency!
Nov 6, 2023 // Technology, perovskite, University of Missouri, University of Tulsa
LONGi Breaks World Record: 33.9% Efficiency for Perovskite/Silicon Tandem Cells
LONGi's R&D team sets record-breaking 33.9% efficiency in tandem solar cell – and they're confident of pushing that to over 34% soon. Get the details from this expert analysis.
Nov 3, 2023 // Technology, Manufacturing News, solar cells, perovskite, silicon, Longi Green Energy Technology, efficiency
Record-Breaking Tandem Solar Cell Achieves 29.9% Efficiency
Experience the breakthrough of thin-film tandem solar cells: Researchers at Empa, NUS and HI ERN achieve record efficiency of 29.9%, lower electricity costs & 2000 Wh/m2 daily.
Nov 2, 2023 // Technology, solar cell, efficiency, EMPA, NUS, National University of Singapore, Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nürnberg