A Department of Energy (DOE) $25 million investment has formed a consortium, led by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) that will streamline research of grid-forming inverters.
The program supports clean energy innovation and technology development across Massachusetts. Here are some of the recent cash awardees in solar and energy storage.
As fossil generators are phased out, grid-forming inverters will need to be phased in so that the grid can be restarted after any blackout.
Several of the projects also aim for lower costs for PV module materials or PV racking, as well as for lower defect rates on module assembly lines.
Also on the rise: Illinois’ solar residential market fell off the roof in Q2, Arizona approves incentives for residential energy storage, and green roofs can improve panel efficiency.
The improvements are believed to stem from lower temperatures on the green roof.
The panel achieved a power conversion efficiency of 23.5%.
The technology is being developed in Japan and should be able to inspect solar modules to provide data on traceability and components used.
Halide perovskites combined with conventional silicon could help solar break the 26% efficiency barrier, disrupting the technology without disrupting business systems.
German scientists have applied a new combination of cathodes and electrolytes to improve the stability of lithium-metal batteries. They fabricated a device with an energy density of 560 watt-hours per kilogram and a Coulombic efficiency of 99.94%.
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