Technology and R&D

Stanford advocates ending China solar tariffs

The report led by a former Wall Street Journal editor gives national advice that mimics policies under President Obama’s energy department, but is unlikely to go anywhere under Trump.

“Skinny Budget” nukes renewable energy research

President Trump’s Department of Energy hit list includes advanced energy research, loan guarantees and the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

SunPower signs supply deal for 125 MW of P-Series modules

The supply deal with NextEra Energy Resources signals a radical shift in strategy for the struggling manufacturer and is the first major test of its novel module design.

Intevac reports massive ion implant tool order

The company’s ENERGi systems will be used to enable more than 1 GW expansion of high-efficiency n-type mono cell capacity for an un-named customer in China, a big boost for the technology.

EV growth gives lithium-ion batteries cost edge in storage

The growing demand for affordable electric vehicle batteries is driving cost reductions in lithium-ion battery technology, which is beneficial for affordable stationary storage, according to a new Lux Research report.

1366 reaches 19.9% cell efficiency with PERC

The company has simultaneously announced its the first deployment of cells made from its Direct Wafer products in a 500 kW commercial solar array in Japan.

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Tesla to finally close the door on Silevo

It’s been a long time coming, but Tesla’s annual report confirms that the SolarCity-Silevo romance has come to an end.

Hydronium-ion battery developed by Oregon State University

Scientists at Oregon State University (OSU) have developed the world’s first battery using Hydronium ions to carry its charge. OSU says that the development provides new options for the development of stationary batteries to store power generated from solar PV.

NEST iON to build battery R&D facility in Rochester

The facility will be sited at Kodak’s Energy Storage Hub at the Eastman Business Park in the Finger Lakes. The high-density lithium ion battery manufacturer also will add a pilot production line, expected to be on line in a few weeks.

Entries now open for pv magazine Technology Highlights & Award

Since 2015, our Technology Highlights feature has sought out the latest and greatest technological developments in PV. Now we’re ready to receive entries from across the industry for the 2017 feature, which will be a major highlight of our April edition, and enjoy a large media presence at the SNEC show in Shanghai.

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