Imagine a truck tarp that can harvest the energy of sunlight!

With the help of new textile-based solar cells developed by Fraunhofer researchers, semitrailers could soon be producing the electricity needed to power cooling systems or other onboard equipment. In short, textile-based solar cells could soon be adding a whole new dimension to photovoltaics, complementing the use of conventional silicon-based solar cells. Solar panels on building Read more about Imagine a truck tarp that can harvest the energy of sunlight![…]

Record-breaking, high-efficiency single crystals bring perovskite solar cells closer to market

A synthetic approach developed by KAUST researchers generates homogeneous and defect-free crystals that could fast-track the commercialization of perovskite solar cells. “Perovskite solar cells are the fastest developing type of photovoltaic technology, with power-conversion efficiencies rising from 3.8 percent in 2009 to 24.2 percent in 2019 for single-junction devices,” says Osman Bakr, who led the Read more about Record-breaking, high-efficiency single crystals bring perovskite solar cells closer to market[…]

Measure, analyze, optimize – digitization offers numerous new starting points for even better quality control in photovoltaics

The Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics CSP presents innovative contributions to quality control in the solar industry at the Intersolar trade fair from 15.-17. May 2019 in Munich. Visitors will be able to experience a mobile test device for PID susceptibility of solar modules, get to know new approaches for reliable design of lightweight modules Read more about Measure, analyze, optimize – digitization offers numerous new starting points for even better quality control in photovoltaics[…]

A quick assessment of the solar energy potential for large urban areas

TU Delft researchers have developed a new approach for calculating fast and accurate the solar energy potential of surfaces in the urban environment. The new approach can significantly help architects and urban planners to incorporate photovoltaic (solar power) technology in their designs. The findings were presented on Monday 4 February in Nature Energy. Buildings, trees Read more about A quick assessment of the solar energy potential for large urban areas[…]

New record for flexible thin-film solar cells

Never before has such an efficient flexible CIGS solar cell been built. Empa researchers achieve an efficiency of 20.8% for the first time – breaking their own record. Flexible solar cell with unprecedented efficiency: The Empa Laboratory for Thin Films and Photovoltaics, headed by Ayodhya N. Tiwari, has broken its own record. The researchers improved Read more about New record for flexible thin-film solar cells[…]

EU needs more wind and solar power to meet renewables targets, warn Auditors

The EU needs to take significant action to generate more electricity from wind and solar power and meet its targets on renewables, according to a new report by the European Court of Auditors. Although both wind and solar power have recorded strong growth since 2005, there has been a slowdown since 2014, say the auditors. Read more about EU needs more wind and solar power to meet renewables targets, warn Auditors[…]

€5.4 billion support for production of electricity from renewable sources in Italy

The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a scheme to support electricity production from renewable sources in Italy. The measure will contribute to the EU environmental objectives without unduly distorting competition. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “More renewable energy in power generation is essential for the future of our Read more about €5.4 billion support for production of electricity from renewable sources in Italy[…]

New ways to produce and store solar energy

The quest to find new ways to harness solar power has taken a step forward after researchers successfully mimicked photosynthesis to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. Photosynthesis is the process plants use to convert sunlight into energy. Oxygen is produced as by-product of photosynthesis when the water absorbed by plants is ‘split’. It is Read more about New ways to produce and store solar energy[…]

The largest rooftop solar project in Singapore

Microsoft Corp. on Thursday announced a new agreement with Sunseap Group that marks Microsoft’s first clean energy deal in Asia and will create the single-largest solar energy portfolio in Singapore to date. This 60 megawatt-peak (MWp) solar portfolio will span hundreds of rooftops across the nation. This is the largest rooftop solar project in Singapore Read more about The largest rooftop solar project in Singapore[…]

Oxford PV collaborates with HZB to move perovskite solar cells closer to commercialisation

Oxford PV has made considerable progress in transferring its advanced perovskite on silicon tandem solar cell technology from its laboratory in Oxford, UK to an industrial scale process at its site in Brandenburg an der Havel, Germany. HZB’s extensive expertise in silicon heterojunctions solar cell technology, will support Oxford PV to further optimise its perovskite Read more about Oxford PV collaborates with HZB to move perovskite solar cells closer to commercialisation[…]

First Compact Plant Worldwide for Synthetic Fuels from Solar Energy and Carbon Dioxide extracted from Air

Demand-driven production of liquid fuels from regenerative energy sources is a major element of the energy turnaround. Production of synthetic fuels from solar energy and carbon dioxide extracted from air is the objective of the SOLETAIR project started now by INERATEC, a spinoff of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), in cooperation with Finnish partners. Together, Read more about First Compact Plant Worldwide for Synthetic Fuels from Solar Energy and Carbon Dioxide extracted from Air[…]