Next Generation

Solar Innovation: Scientists Have Printed Bio-Solar Cells Onto Paper With An Inkjet Printer

A team of scientists from Imperial College London, University of Cambridge and Central Saint Martins have created a two-in-one solar bio-battery and solar panel by printing circuitry and living cyanobateria onto paper. The bio-solar cell that was created using an inkjet printer to print the living cyanobacteria onto paper. Cyanobacteria are micro-organisms that gain their […]

Solar Innovation: Could This Glass Brick Be the Solution to Solar Energy’s Design Problems?

Between cost savings and environmental concerns, there’s plenty of demand for solar energy these days. But designing something sexier than your average rooftop panel has remained a vexing challenge. Luckily, researchers at Exeter University in England seem to have hit on a solar-cell solution that effortlessly combines form and function. Dubbed Solar Squared, the design […]

Solar Innovation: Fullerene Device Acts as Both Solar Cell and a Current Inverter

An international team of researchers has developed a photovoltaic cell based on a combination of magnetic electrodes and C60 fullerenes— sometimes referred to as Buckyballs—that increases the photovoltaic efficiency of their device by 14 percent over photovoltaics using ordinary materials and architecture. In research described in the journal Science, scientists from China, Germany, and Spain […]

IMEC Reports Record Conversion Efficiency of 23.9 % on a 4 cm2 Perovskite/Silicon Solar Module

Belgian Imec announced an improvement of its 4 cm2perovskite/silicon tandem photovoltaic module achieving a power conversion efficiency of 23.9 percent. Reaching this level, imec is the first to achieve a module-on-cell stack that outperforms the standalone silicon solar cell. Perovskite solar cells have many desirable properties, as they can achieve a high power conversion efficiency, […]

Solar Innovation: Smile – Your Photos Can Generate Energy !

Kaleo-Solar, a unique technological solution for integrating high-definition images in solar. Thanks to the support of the Banque Cantonale Neuchâteloise (BCN), CSEM has developed the KALEO technology, which enables the production of illustrated solar panels. Opening new horizons in solar energy, this promising solution can be discovered in Neuchâtel. For the first time, six “photovoltaic” […]

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 […]

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 […]

Elon Musk Says Tesla’s Solar Shingles Will Cost Less Than a Dumb Roof

“Electricity is just a bonus.” It’s official: After Tesla shareholders approved the acquisition of SolarCity, the new company is now an unequivocal sun-to-vehicle energy firm. And Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk didn’t take long to make his first big announcement as head of this new enterprise.  Minutes after shareholders approved the deal—about 85 percent of them voted yes—Musk told the crowd that he had just returned […]

Navigant Research: Global module-level power electronics (MLPE) capacity to grow to 42.2 GW in 2025

High Efficiency Solar PV Modules and Module-Level Power Electronics: Global Market Analysis and Forecasts Global cumulative manufacturing capacity for solar PV modules remained steady at around 70 GW between 2012 and 2015, but actual production doubled from 32 GW to 60 GW. This surge increased the margins of the top module manufacturers and tightened the […]

Solar PV has huge scope for improvement – Nigel Taylor, Project Leader Photovoltaics, European Commission, DG JRC, IET

In our Exclusive interview in partnership with EU PVSEC 2016, within Solar & Cleantech Policy Decision-Makers Exclusive Interviews Series, we speak to Nigel Taylor, Technical Programme Chair of the EU PVSEC Scientific Committee. Nigel Taylor, currently leads the photovoltaics R&D project in the Renewable Energy Unit of the Institute for Energy and Transport. He represents […]

Imec and its Solliance Partners Present First Semi-Transparent Perovskite Modules

Nanoelectronics research center imec, partner in Solliance, presented today the first-ever semi-transparent perovskite PV-module, achieving power conversion efficiencies up to 12%. The technology enables for semi-transparent PV-windows which are a key towards Zero-Energy Buildings. Moreover, combining these semitransparent perovskite modules with Si solar cells, an unprecedented 20.2% in power conversion efficiency for a perovskite/Si stacked […]

Airbus Defence and Space Enters Solar Cell Production Contract with MicroLink Devices for Next Generation Zephyr HAPS

MicroLink Devices is proud to announce that Airbus Defence and Space has issued a production contract for MicroLink’s epitaxial liftoff (ELO)-based multijunction solar sheets for use on the new Zephyr S platform. The Zephyr platform is a new class of unmanned air vehicle that operates as a high altitude pseudo-satellite (HAPS) enabling affordable, persistent, local satellite-like […]

New World Record: 34.5%, a milestone in solar cell efficiency by UNSW engineers

Australian engineers have edged closer to the theoretical limits of sunlight-to-electricity conversion by photovoltaic cells with a device that sets a new world efficiency record.   A new solar cell configuration developed by engineers at the University of New South Wales has pushed sunlight-to-electricity conversion efficiency to 34.5% – establishing a new world record for […]

Sol Voltaics Wins $17 Million in Financing Following Breakthrough in Nanowire Solar Cell Efficiency

Swedish advanced materials start-up Sol Voltaics has raised a record round of $17 million in new equity investment and grant funding to accelerate commercialization of its nanowire solar film tandem-layer technology. The Series C funding round was led by new investor Riyadh Valley Company (RVC), the venture capital investment arm of King Saud University in […]