Technology and R&D

Alta Devices launches new solar cell for vehicle integration

Alta Devices has launched a new gallium-arsenide based solar cell, which it says improves on the power to weight ratio of its previous cell by 160%. The cell is designed to provide lightweight, high efficiency generation for integration with cars, drones and other vehicles.

100 hours and longer: ARPA-E seeks 5¢/kWh energy storage

The U.S. government’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy is offering up to $30 million in funding to build innovative technologies to enable long-duration energy storage, with the aim to provide reliable electricity from 10 to roughly 100 hours, and longer.

Solar power tax incentives fall almost 50% as installations increase 300%

An analysis by the Department of Energy shows electricity generation from solar growing 32% annually since 2000. Meanwhile, the tax benefits claimed for solar fell from just over $2 billion in 2013 to just over $1 billion in 2016.

Berkeley Lab scientists discover coating to capture near-infrared light

A team of researchers the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has discovered a method of coating particles with organic dye, which can capture near infrared light, a breakthrough which could greatly boost solar cell efficiency by capturing a larger section of the light spectrum.

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DOE lashes out at 1366 Technologies

1366 Technologies, “recipient” of an undisbursed $150 million manufacturing loan guarantee, has received an aggressively-worded letter from the U.S. Department of Energy as it seeks a Section 201 exemption.

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Wunder Capital raises $112 million to scale C&I finance solutions

The solar finance technology company’s Series B financing round is 30x larger than its Series A round a year ago.

Solar power electronics get $20 million from DOE

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced up to $20 million in funding for nine projects to advance early-stage solar power electronics technologies.

Dynapower signs master supply agreement with Viridity

Viridity Energy Solutions has signed Dynapower to be its master supplier of inverters and fully integrated energy storage systems. Viridity also chose Dynapower to manage two 20MW/20MWh systems.

Trump Administration opens up $105 million in funding for solar research

The DOE has issued a call for projects to apply for funding in the areas of grid integration, PV, CSP and workforce diversity.

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Will Powerhouse rise from the dead? RGS taps manufacturing partners

RGS Energy has contracted with Risen Energy, along with others, to help it commercialize the most recent incarnation of Dow’s Powerhouse Solar Shingle.

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