Technology and R&D

Solar Impulse aircraft completes historic journey

Jubilant scenes as Bertrand Piccard touches down in Abu Dhabi to complete the Solar Impulse 2’s round-the-world flight powered by the sun.

U.S. government makes up to $4.5 billion in loan guarantees available for EV infrastructure

The new access to loan guarantees is part of a suite of actions that the Obama Administration has unveiled to support electric vehicles and charging stations.

Facebook completes successful maiden flight of solar-powered drone

The Aquila aircraft is powered by solar PV and uses just 5,000 watts to beam internet access into some of the world’s most remote regions using lasers.

Harvard adds organic electrolyte to redox-flow batteries

The research team from Harvard has taken a leaf out of nature’s book and has added an organic electrolyte, which was inspired by vitamin B2, to redox-flow batteries in an attempt to increase its energy storage capacity, as research into this style of battery continues to build up pace.

pv magazine launches its U.S. website

At the Intersolar North America trade show we have launched a new site specifically for the American solar industry, with a focus on downstream markets and, of course, policy.

Trina Solar hits 21.1% efficiency for mono PERC cells produced in industrial conditions

The Chinese solar module producer says it has achieved 21.1% average efficiency for P-type monocrystalline PERC cells produced in industrial standard conditions.

Berkeley Lab discovery could push perovskites to 31 percent efficiency

New research has indicated a pathway for perovskites to achieve a conversion efficiency of 31%. The findings were published by researchers from Berkeley Lab this week. Nanoscale images of perovskite solar cells revealed a characteristic of perovskites that points to the potential for dramatically higher efficiencies.

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Solar panels power spacecraft into Jupiter’s orbit 800 million KM away from the sun

It is the furthest away from the sun that solar panels have produced energy, helping NASA’s Juno spacecraft enter the orbit of the solar system’s largest planet, in a groundbreaking mission that highlights the capabilities of solar technology.

SunPower sets new solar efficiency record

US company SunPower achieved an efficiency of 24.1% for a module using silicon cells, which is just the latest in a number of efficiency records for solar technology, showing that the modules are moving in the right direction.

Solar Impulse completes historic flight across the Atlantic

Swiss pilot Bertrand Piccard landed the solar-powered plane in Seville on Thursday morning, achieving one of the most iconic stretches on the journey, and getting one step closer to completing the mission to fly around the world using nothing but solar energy.

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