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Nanotube film may resolve longevity problem of challenger solar cells

Nanotube film may resolve longevity problem of challenger solar cells

Mar 22, 2017 Finland
Five years ago, the world started to talk about third-generation solar cells that challenged the traditional silicon cells with a cheaper and simpler manufacturing process that used less energy.
Solliance sets world record for roll-to-roll perovskites of 12.6%

Solliance sets world record for roll-to-roll perovskites of 12.6%

Mar 20, 2017 Netherlands, Belgium
Solliance announces the demonstration of an industrially-applicable roll-to-roll process for the production of solar cells, achieving a record 12,6% conversion efficiency on cell level.
Uncompromising on organic solar cells

Uncompromising on organic solar cells

Mar 14, 2017 Japan
Researchers have developed a semi-transparent organic solar cell that achieves better efficiency and transparency than existing ones.
IDTechEx Show! Overview

IDTechEx Show! Overview

Mar 7, 2017
Raghu Das, CEO, IDTechEx, gives an overview in the lead up to the event. The exhibition runs alongside the conference tracks and takes place on 10-11 May in Berlin, Germany. It will showcase over 200 exhibiting companies from 61 countries, many demonstrating the technologies in action.
Energy-collecting windows is one step closer to reality

Energy-collecting windows is one step closer to reality

Feb 28, 2017 United States
Researchers are bringing the dream of windows that can efficiently collect solar energy one step closer to reality thanks to high-tech silicon nanoparticles.
QD Solar secures Series A Financing from an international consortium

QD Solar secures Series A Financing from an international consortium

Feb 22, 2017 1 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 5 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.