Technology and R&D

Broadening clean energy deployment: Jigar Shah on Generate Capital

In this interview Jigar Shah talks about his firm Generate Capital and its mission to bring funding to previously overlooked but promising clean energy technologies.

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NREL hits new efficiency record for quantum dot cell

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have created a solar cell using colloidal quantum dots, which achieved 13.4% conversion efficiency – a new world record for this emerging technology.

Berkeley scientists boost battery capacities

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have made progress with cathodes made from ‘disordered’ materials, a technology which could greatly increase the storage capacity of lithium batteries.

Microlink partners with NREL on heterojunction technology

Semiconductor maker Microlink Devices has signed an exclusive deal with the national lab to commercialize a type of lightweight heterojunction solar cell architecture, which could be utilized in powering satellites and aircraft.

MIT researchers develop ‘air breathing’ sulfur flow battery

A team at Massachusetts Institute of Technology has developed a type of battery which it says could store energy for long durations at a fraction of the cost of current storage technologies.

SolarWorld testifies on Chinese IP theft

The Section 301 case being considered could up the penalties on Chinese PV makers seeking to export to the U.S. market.

Toshiba claims record efficiency with film-based perovskite solar mini-modules

Japan’s Toshiba has fabricated a perovskite solar cell mini-module with an energy conversion rate of 10.5%, which it claims is now the highest rate that has been reached throughout the world with a multi-cell mini-module.

GE – Bringing good things to solar?

The American conglomerate has issued a white paper on improving solar operations. How does this fit in with their corporate strategy going forward?

What’s this about a trade case? 4 takeaways from Solar Power International

The largest solar trade show in the United States wrapped up this week. pv magazine takes a look at what went down, and the trends from the show floor.

Scientists look into insect eyes for new solar cell design

Mimicking a compound eye of a fly, Stanford University scientists have packed tiny perovskite cells into a hexagon-shaped epoxy resin scaffold, improving the material’s durability when exposed to moisture, heat and mechanical stress in a breakthrough that may open the door to the awaited improvement in perovskite’s operational stability.

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