Technology and R&D

Microsoft buys more solar from ENGIE, Lightsource raises $140 million in U.S. solar funding: pvMB 9/26/19

Hello once again friends and welcome to the pvMB. Today we’ll be looking at Amp reaching a GWh in in large-scale solar+storage projects, SmartFlower debuting SmartFlower +, ABB debuting the Universal 10/4 Residential Storage System and more!

The slow, inexorable rise of green hydrogen

The International Renewable Energy Association says the integration of hydrogen into the energy transition will not happen overnight and electrolysis costs will not be halved until the 2040s. But that hydrogen and related products could revolutionize the world energy landscape is not in doubt.

The blackest black for more efficient solar cells

MIT scientists claim to have created a material 10 times more black than anything witnessed to date. It is said to be able to absorb more than 99.96% of incoming light and reflect 10 times less light than other superblack materials. The invention may be interesting for the development of black silicon PV technology and carbon nanotube-based solar cells.

Soltec achieves 16.2% Bifacial Gain, Ohio State makes a potassium battery breakthrough: pvMB 9/18/19

Happy Wednesday, folks and welcome to the pvMB. Today we’ll be checking out 7 Michigan school districts moving to electric bus fleets, Extensible Energy’s virtual battery, net metering protests in The Big Easy and more.

New technologies, new challenges: An interview with Jenya Meydbray of PVEL

In this interview, pv magazine talks with PV Evolution Labs CEO Jenya Meydbray about the new designs including heterojunction that will allow the solar industry to reach higher efficiencies, and the challenges entailed therein.

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In lab secrets, Tesla is talking about 20-year lithium ion batteries

Researchers have found that over three years of testing lithium ion NMC532 graphite battery cells have the potential to stay structurally sound long enough for cars to reach greater than 1 million miles, and grid connected energy storage to last more than 20 years under daily use.

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Yotta gotta lotta $$, module pricing down, insurance for C&I, SMA’s 4.6 MW inverter, more!

As SPI approaches and hardware announcements speed up – we’ll work to keep you up! NREL speeds up ultra-efficiency solar cell manufacturing, SolaRack has a new rooftop attachment seal technique – and it uses 18% less product , APA Solar Racking’s Titan system doing well this year, more!

Tesla’s Project Titan, a silent, limitless solar catamaran: pvMB 8/28/19

We’ve got another great brief for you today, folks, as we’ll be checking out, Intersolar North America and NABCEP’s partnership for the 2020 conference in San Diego, Pivot Energy and Standard Solar partnering on projects in Colorado and more!

Pumped hydro in Washington state, the issue with solar cars: pvMB 8/27/19

Happy Tuesday everybody and welcome to the pvMB. Today we’ve got certifications for first solar-powered pool heaters, Carnival cruises introducing battery power and more for you!

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Remembering Guy Sella, wildfire victims exempted from California solar mandate: pvMB 8/26/19

Hello one and all and welcome back to the pvMB. Today we have up the Two Creeks solar project breaking ground, new batteries made from Hogweed and more.

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