Scientists achieve record efficiency for ultra-thin solar panels

A team co-led team by the University of Surrey has successfully increased the levels of energy absorbed by wafer-thin photovoltaic panels by 25%. Their solar panels, just one micrometre thick (1μm), convert light into electricity more efficiently than others as thin.

Hanwha pledges commitment to build a fully American solar supply chain

Hanwha Solutions to become the largest shareholder of Norway-based U.S. polysilicon manufacturer REC Silicon after acquiring an additional 4.67% stake from Aker Horizons, increasing total investment to $204 million and ownership share to 21.34%.

Innovations In End of Life Solar Panel Disposal & Recycling

Estimates are that approximately 8 million metric tons of solar panels will reach their end-of-life in the next nine years. That amount will increase to 80 million within 30 years. Where will they all go?

Why Are Environmental Tests Crucial for Solar Power Success?

Many leading solar panel manufacturers guarantee their products for 25 years. However, investigations show that the equipment often fails much sooner than that. Researchers sought to find out why.

210mm-cell PV Modules Set the Stage for Further LCOE Reduction

The recently launched large format modules have a direct impact on the balance of system (BOS) installation cost reductions sought after by these members of the PV system value chain.

Top Trending Technologies to Redefine Solar Power in the Near Future

The solar energy industry is supposed to introduce many exciting solar panel technologies to refurbish the growth chart post the pandemic.

2021 PV Module Reliability Scorecard Ranks Top Solar Products from 26 Manufacturers

The annual report by PV Evolution Labs notes performance gains while highlighting a persistent trend in preventable safety failures that first emerged in 2018.

Contactless Handling of Wafers in the Solar Industry

Damage often occurs during the production and further processing of silicon wafers. In addition to downtimes and additional cleaning steps as well as readjustments, there are also increased material and process costs.

NexWafe GmbH Lands €10 Million Funding Round, Aims to Cut Solar Production Costs by 30%, Reduce CO2 Emissions by 70%

High-efficiency monocrystalline silicon wafer manufacturer gears up for commercialization of its wafer technology, adds veteran VC to corporate board

On the road to invisible solar panels: How tomorrow's windows will generate electricity

By combining the unique properties of titanium dioxide and nickel oxide semiconductors, the researchers were able to generate an efficient, transparent solar cell.

Panasonic Expands EverVolt™ Portfolio with New High Power, High Efficiency Solar Modules

EverVolt modules are more resistant to the effects of shade than conventional panels as the cells' connections are split in parallel, so even if one part is shaded, another parallel connected part can generate the electricity.

Soltec launches the SF8, the largest single-row tracker on the market

-SF8 is a multidrive tracker with, at least, 4 strings of up to 100 KW -The bifacial configuration of the SF8 can produce up to 8.6% more power generation than other trackers -SF8 increases the rigidity of its structure by 22% compared to the SF7 tracker

MANUFACTURE OF PHOTOVOLTAIC PRODUCTS IN EUROPE IS BECOMING MORE ATTRACTIVE

The rising demand for photovoltaics, technological innovations and decreasing costs are making the manufacture of photovoltaic products in Europe attractive. This trend is further boosted by the research and mechanical engineering expertise represented on the continent.

Powering the Future: New Insights into How Alkali-Metal Doped Flexible Solar Cells Work

Scientists place another piece of the puzzle on how introducing alkali metals into crystals of thin-film flexible solar cells improves their efficiency

Scientists see the light: new solar panel design could lead to wider use of renewable energy

Designing solar panels in checkerboard lines increases their ability to absorb light by 125 per cent, a new study says.

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