Innovation & Education

1366 Technologies reports 19.9% efficiency using Direct Wafer and Hanwha Q CELLS solar PV cell technologies

Silicon wafer manufacturer 1366 Technologies (Bedford, Mass., US) on March 8th, 2017 announced a new performance record for its Direct Wafer technology with the achievement of 19.9% solar cell efficiency through 1366’s ongoing technical partnership with Hanwha Q CELLS.  The result, which was independently confirmed by the Fraunhofer ISE CalLab, clearly demonstrates the rapid efficiency gains that […]

After Google Grounds Its Drone Project, Facebook Ramps Up Flights

While Google shuttered its Titan drone project, Facebook Inc. is planning to ramp up test flights for its own experimental solar-powered glider. Facebook will begin launching a couple of flights a month of its Aquila drone, Jay Parikh, head of engineering and infrastructure, said in an interview Monday at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. “We learned a lot, from […]

Intersolar Europe 2017: New Technologies and Efficiency Concepts in PV Production Technologies

The investment trend in the photovoltaics industry (PV industry) is carrying through into 2017: Numerous PV manufacturers are set to build new production facilities or retrofit existing capacity this year. Innovative technologies are increasing the efficiency of solar cells, and at the same time, reducing manufacturing costs. Intersolar Europe, the world’s leading exhibition for the […]

Solar Trade War: EU proposes shorter extension of China solar duties

New recommendation for 18-month extension vs initial 24 months Majority of EU countries voted in January against extension Measures include duties and minimum price agreement (Adds Commission source on commissioner discussion) The European Commission has softened a proposal to extend anti-dumping duties on Chinese solar panels, a document seen by Reuters showed, after opposition from a […]

Solar Innovation: First Wattway solar road pilot in US pops up in rural Georgia

The first Wattway solar road pilot in America has popped up in rural west Georgia. The Ray C. Anderson Foundation, named for sustainable manufacturing pioneer Ray Anderson, is testing renewable technologies along an 18-mile stretch of road, and recently installed 538 square feet of Colas‘ Wattway solar road system near the border between Georgia and Alabama. Part of Georgia’s Interstate 85 was […]

ORC-PLUS: Innovative CSP & Storage Projects in Morocco & Enerray’s vision for Africa and the MENA region – Michele Scandellari, CEO at Enerray

Today in our Exclusive Coverage of WFES 2017 for SolarPV.TV & WFES TV in partnership with MESIA, we speak to Michele Scandellari, CEO at Enerray. In our talk with Michele we focused on their innovative CSP & Storage Projects in Morocco (shortly described below) as well as on the company strategy in Africa & the MENA […]

Solar in Middle East: DEWA’s new HQ to be world’s smartest governmental building

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa), recently welcomed a high-level delegation from the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) headed by Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of RTA.  During the meeting, Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer highlighted the features of Dewa’s new […]

#DailySnap2 @WFES/ADSW 2017: Sharing the Knowledge & Building the Network in the MENA Region

In our #DailySnap2 @WFES/ADSW 2017 we share with SolarPV.TV viewers snapshots from WFES’s Expo floor including “Knowledge Theaters” which became The Points of Sharing the Specialized Knowledge for industries & technologies present at the show. The World Future Energy Summit (WFES), part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, celebrated its 10-year anniversary in 2017 & SolarPV.TV had an opportunity […]

Solar in 360°: Amazing Solar Impulse shots – from take-off to landing

Watch a real-world panorama 360 video over the Pacific Ocean with Solar Impulse. Be taken into the future of clean technology through a multidimensional experience. VIDEO courtesy SOLAR IMPULSE More videos about Solar Impulse 2: GoPro: Solar Impulse 2 Airplane Exclusive Shots https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XA5cP… The Construction of Si2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNMBP… First Flight Si2 Best-Of : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUpyu… Links about Solar Impulse: http://www.facebook.com/solarimpulse […]

“Light & Life: Bringing Solar to Schools and their Students Worldwide” with message of Dr Jane Goodall

We are proud to announce SolarPV.TV involvement in “Light & Life: Bringing Solar to Schools and their Students Worldwide” Humanitarian Pilot Project together with Million Solar Stars and SolarFUTURE.today Awarness Campaign under patronage of Professor Alan Heeger, Nobel Prize Laureate in Chemistry 2000 & Professor Muhammad Yunus,  Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 2006 . Within this Pilot Project we will bring Solar Installation […]

Dubai’s RTA launches solar abra

Commuters can now enjoy a ride on a solar-powered abra that is operating in the waters of Mamzar Lagoon, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced on Monday. RTA began the operation recently after a month-long successful trial of the sustainable technology. Operation of solar-powered abras is considered a first in the Middle East and […]

Phillips 66 Sets World Record in Organic Solar Cell Efficiency

Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX) has successfully set a new world record in power conversion efficiency for polymer-based single junction organic photovoltaic (OPV) cells. The 11.84 percent efficiency was certified byNewport Corporation, a recognized center for independent verification of solar cell results under standard testing conditions. The solar cells are based on proprietary state-of-the-art polymers and […]

Solar Innovation: Perovskite solar cells from UNSW hit new world 12.1% cell efficiency record

They’re flexible, cheap to produce and simple to make — which is why perovskites are the hottest new material in solar cell design. And now, engineers at Australia’s University of New South Wales in Sydney have smashed the trendy new compound’s world efficiency record. Speaking at the Asia-Pacific Solar Research Conference in Canberra on Friday […]

France starts building first solar-paved road

France’s environment minister Ségolène Royal yesterday launched construction of the country’s first road paved with photovoltaic panels, claiming the 1-km stretch could light a town of 5,000 people. The experimental road will be laid at Tourouvre-au-Perche, in the Orne region of northwestern France. Specially designed rugged panels developed by French road construction group Colas will […]

DEWA and Huawei sign strategic partnership to accelerate smart city initiatives

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), and Huawei, a global ICT solutions provider, today announced a strategic partnership aimed at enhancing cooperation in technical and scientific fields. The partnership is aligned with DEWA’s efforts to achieve the Smart Dubai initiative, launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister […]