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Scientists outline innovation pathways for PV technologies

Continued innovation in PV cell technology will have major impacts as PV is deployed at “multi-terawatt scale” over the next two decades, says a global team of scientists.

Multi-generation photovoltaic leaf to produce electricity, thermal energy, water

A UK research team has developed a photovoltaic leaf concept that can produce electricity, water and thermal energy in a single device. The system, inspired by a leaf, is based on a biomimetic transpiration (BT) layer that cools down the embedded PV unit and utilizes excess heat from the cell to produce water and heat energy.

New York State increases clean energy storage research incentives

Four demonstration projects receive funding to test and scale different long-duration energy storage technology proposals.

New study claims PV industry is neglecting overirradiance issues

Overirradiance conditions may affect the operating performance of photovoltaic plants, the stability of the electrical grid, and the efficiency of inverters. A research team has warned these effects are currently not being given proper consideration by the solar industry.


Mitigating residential duck curve via solar pre-cooling

Solar pre-cooling consists of using residential PV systems to run air conditioners to pre-cool residential and commercial buildings. It offers benefits in terms of mitigating low minimum demand in electricity networks, flattening the grid’s net demand profile, and reducing electricity bills.

U.S. startup to produce perovskite glass for tandem modules

Caelux secured series A funding to deploy perovskite glass that can be integrated with existing solar manufacturing processes to boost module efficiency.

Radiation-hardened solar blankets to power orbital logistics vehicle

Solestial’s ultra-thin solar cells will power in-space delivery vehicles for Atomos Space.

Renewed efforts to build solar cells from moondust

Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin has been awarded $35 million in funding from NASA to improve the company’s commercial solution that produces silicon from lunar regolith. The U.S. space agency’s first efforts to build solar cells based on lunar regolith date back to 2005.

One research team’s approach to scaling a domestic circular lithium-ion battery economy

National Renewable Energy Laboratory researchers continue their quest to accommodate growing electric vehicle and infrastructure demands.

DOE invests $20 million to extend solar lifecycle, cut waste

With reduced use and improved recovery of critical materials, PV system deployment will become less dependent on supply chain limitations and can sustain the expected growth in clean energy.

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