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Vertical PV for clean energy and crop production

Agrivoltaic installations with vertically oriented solar panels are increasingly being adopted and studied across the globe.

Flexible cadmium telluride solar cell with 12.6% efficiency via lift-off method

A U.S. research team has developed a cadmium telluride (CdTe) solar cell through a lift-off method that reportedly ensures higher crystallinity of the cadmium sulfide film. The device has a power conversion efficiency of 12.60%, an open-circuit voltage of 0.829 V, a short-circuit current density of 23.64 mA/cm2, and a fill factor of 64.30%.

Colorado renewable energy research and commercialization center to neighbor NREL campus

The State of Colorado selected NexCore to build the 40-acre Glo Park renewable energy center.

Interactive mapping tool for siting renewable energy projects

Argonne National Laboratory released an online geospatial mapping tool to aid siting decisions and identify areas that are suitable for solar, wind and other clean energy infrastructure projects.

Researchers develop solar-powered waste-to-fuel system

The University of Cambridge developed a device that converts plastics and greenhouse gases to usable fuels and products.

Sun-tracking vs. fixed vehicle-integrated PV

European researchers have evaluated the electricity generation, levelized cost of electricity (LCOE), and payback period of vehicle-integrated PV in EVs.

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Space-to-Earth solar power to undergo testing

On January 3, Caltech launched a PV array into orbit to test its ability to transmit electricity back to Earth.

Leading solar inverter trends of 2022

It was a good year for the inverter market. Strong demand was only stifled by supply chain limits, but new inverters are less innovative and show a slower evolution in improvements. Nevertheless, more versatile options are emerging in response to the energy crisis.

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Lowering grid costs with voltage support from PV inverters at night

Researchers have proposed the use of solar inverters in utility-scale solar assets to replace expensive voltage compensators, in order to provide voltage support at night. They said reactive power from PV inverters could be significantly cheaper and suggested the introduction of incentives to convince PV plant owners.

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Solar electric camper boat

The POL Lux from Sweden is a catamaran boat design with dual electric motors and a solar canopy that can covert into a private sleeping area.

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