Technology and R&D

JinkoSolar reveals details of Jacksonville factory in filing

The plant will make modules based on 158.75 mm square P-type mono PERC cells, and JinkoSolar plans to begin operation in October.

U.S. solar module to inverter ratio settles in around 1.25

The DC-AC ratio of U.S. solar plants has been increasing since it measured at just over 1.1 in 2001-2009, however, the average seems to have flattened at just above 1.25 in recent years.

SunPower’s exemption filing strikes to heart of trade dispute

The company is noting its substantial investment in U.S. research and development as well as tools, has further hinted that it may establish U.S. manufacturing for its P-Series modules.


Natcore develops new processes for foil cell

Rochester, New York based technology company Natcore has announced two new processes, which it says could dramatically reduce production costs of its foil cell, which it has been working to commercialize for the past couple of years.

1366 abandons plans for New York factory

The innovative wafer maker will be building its first commercial-scale factory overseas.


Blockchain for energy raises $150 million in January

GTM Research shows $300 million raised by 122 blockchain companies since the second quarter of 2017. 50 of those companies are less than a year old.

Solaria suing partner over trade secret misappropriation

The company is suing Genesem, a South Korean equipment manufacturing partner, for using Solaria’s technology outside of agreements.

FPL completes 298 MW of solar

The utility has brought four 74.5MW solar plants online. FPL now owns 930MW of solar generation resources.

US researchers get the lead out of perovskites

Scientists led by Brown University have developed perovskite solar cells, which replace the toxic lead common to many of these material structures with titanium. The researchers say that with further optimization, the material could eventually be ideal for use as a tandem cell layer.

U.S. researchers develop new redox flow compound

A team of scientists from the University of Rochester has developed a compound which it says could double the effectiveness of redox flow batteries, and ‘transform the energy storage landscape’.

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