Technology and R&D

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.

Hanwha Q Cells sets 19.5% efficiency record for standard 301W multicrystalline module

Verified by Fraunhofer ISE CalLab, the rating of 19.5% efficiency for a standard module of 1,670 x 1,000 mm2 sets a new world record for multicrystalline panels; Hanwha achieved the result using its Q.ANTUM cells with four busbars. Korean solar module producer Hanwha Q Cells has raised the bar for multicrystalline module efficiencies, confirming this […]

Australia’s UNSW sets sunlight-to-electricity efficiency record of 34.5%

Result by engineers at that University of New South Wales edges the solar industry closer to the theoretical limits of PV efficiency, smashing previous record of 24% set by Alta Devices of the U.S. A new world record for unfocused sunlight-to-electricity efficiency, set by engineers at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Australia, […]

Meyer Burger, Eternal Sun named as 2016 Technology Highlights award winners

Meyer Burger’s DW288 Series 3 diamond wire saw, and Eternal Sun’s Climate Chamber and Solar Simulator have been named as the winners of the 2016 Technology Highlights award. The award recognizes excellence in innovation and execution from PV production equipment and materials suppliers with the winners selected by an eight-person international jury of solar industry […]

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