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QD Solar secures Series A Financing from an international consortium

QD Solar secures Series A Financing from an international consortium

Feb 22, 2017 Canada
QD Solar has announced the closing of Series A funding led by DSM Venturing with participation from existing investors, KAUST Innovation Fund and MaRS Innovation.
Research pinpoints promise of polycrystalline perovskites

Research pinpoints promise of polycrystalline perovskites

Feb 6, 2017 United States
A team of scientists determined that surface recombination limits the performance of polycrystalline perovskite solar cells.
Lightweight flexible solar modules, conversion efficiency 14 percent

Lightweight flexible solar modules, conversion efficiency 14 percent

Jan 27, 2017 Sweden
Midsummer, a leading supplier of production lines for cost effective manufacturing of lightweight flexible CIGS solar cells, has announced that its Asian client now manufactures lightweight flexible solar modules with conversion efficiency of 14 per cent.
Self-sustaining, interactive, solar-powered street furniture concept

Self-sustaining, interactive, solar-powered street furniture concept

Jan 26, 2017 2 France
Equipped photovoltaic film in order to be energy self-sustaining, the furniture will include a very-low-energy, interactive screen with a range of possibilities for disseminating information, including a calendar of city events, for polling residents about a given topic, for example. Residents will be able to interact with the screen using their mobile phones.
How perovskite solar films efficiently convert light to power

How perovskite solar films efficiently convert light to power

Jan 12, 2017 United States
Solar cells made with films mimicking the structure of the mineral perovskite are the focus of worldwide research. But only now have researchers directly shown the films bear a key property allowing them to efficiently convert sunlight into electricity.
Method takes material out of theory and makes it into a real electrode

Method takes material out of theory and makes it into a real electrode

Jan 3, 2017 United States
A little sodium goes a long way. At least that's the case in carbon-based energy technology.
Stability challenge in perovskite solar cell technology

Stability challenge in perovskite solar cell technology

Dec 30, 2016 Japan
Researchers are continuing to investigate different types of perovskite materials in order to find more efficient, cost-effective, and long lifespan perovskite material suitable for use.
Solved: mystery holding back development of next-gen solar cells

Solved: mystery holding back development of next-gen solar cells

Dec 23, 2016 United Kingdom
Scientists have identified an unexpected cause of poor performance in a new class of flexible and cheap solar cells, bringing them closer to market.
Researchers improve production of thin, efficient solar cells

Researchers improve production of thin, efficient solar cells

Nov 28, 2016 United States
Researchers are making strides in material development that may open up new possibilities for thin, wearable electronics and other vital power applications.
Ready-made solar ink paves way for high volume production

Ready-made solar ink paves way for high volume production

Nov 23, 2016 Denmark
Striking solar cell designs, semi-transparency and colors are not typically words associated with solar cells.
Breakthrough in semi-transparent perovskite solar cells

Breakthrough in semi-transparent perovskite solar cells

Nov 16, 2016 United States
Researchers have found a new way to fabricate high efficiency semi-transparent perovskite solar cells in a breakthrough that could lead to more efficient and cheaper solar electricity.