Elon Musk promises a new type of solar energy product – the integrated roof that combines weather protection with the ability to make electricity. Others have tried this concept, with mixed results.
Elon Musk says SolarCity will soon unveil an all new product — a solar roof. Not a rooftop solar system that goes over an existing roof but an entire roof that provides solar power.
New research based on work down 47 years ago could lead to the development of solar panels that are up to 50% more efficient than the best panels available today.
Schneider Electric has created the NEO Network to make it easy for industrial and commercial customers to find partners to fulfill their renewable energy needs easily and quickly.
A solar power tree developed by the Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute of India is designed to capture rays from the sun using an innovative vertical arrangement of solar cells. The solar tree uses steel “branches” to hold multiple solar panels high off the ground where they are exposed to more of the sun’s rays. The […]
Following in the wake of a respectable Q3 financial earnings report, US solar manufacturer SunPower has revealed a new line of solar panels and low-key financial guidance for 2016. SunPower announced its third quarter earnings late-October, revealing the continuing efforts of its new business focus, that of retaining assets rather than selling them. Specifically, SunPower […]
A new tandem solar cell featuring monolithic perovskite and silicon has produced electricity with record efficiency, reports Helmholz-Berlin. “Teams from the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin and École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland, have been the first to successfully combine a silicon heterojunction solar cell with a perovskite solar cell monolithically into a tandem device.” THZB reports this hybrid tandem […]
An innovative new wireless communications device that uses solar cells to not only power itself, but to also act as the receiver of data transmitted by light, could herald a revolution in the quest to bring access to the internet to remote regions. “Light is used to transmit data, whilst the solar panel receives high […]
Reportedly, the most efficient silver paste in the world will be exhibited at the PV Taiwan 2015 conference in Taipei. This paste has been said to have the world record for PERC efficiency, rated at 21.7%. PERC means passivated emitter rear contact, which is part of a different kind of solar cell architecture. The silver paste is made […]
We’ve been spilling a lot of ink over perovskite solar cells recently, and here comes Brown University with yet another breakthrough. Along with researchers from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Brown team has figured out a way to grow larger perovskite solar cells while keeping the conversion efficiency at a fairly high level. (h/t […]