Solar Power Is Contagious: Solar Panel Installation Strongly Linked To Local Exposure Through Neighbors

Published on October 19th, 2012 | by

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Someone is considerably more likely to install solar panels on their home if others in their area have already installed them, according to new research from Yale and New York University. The research was done by studying different clusters of solar panel installations in California from January 2001 to December 2011. The researchers found that […] read more

Over 100 MW Of Utility-Scale Solar For Indonesia

Published on October 18th, 2012 | by

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100 MW of utility-scale solar power plants are reportedly headed to Indonesia courtesy First Solar, a leading solar product company based out of the US, and PT. Pembangkitan Jawa Bali Services (PJB Services), an Indonesia company. An MOU was signed this week by the two companies. “Indonesia has an increasingly urgent need for reliable, cost-effective energy […] read more

New High-Tech Solar Company for Saudi Arabia

Published on October 18th, 2012 | by

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A new high-tech company for the solar energy sector is going to be created in Saudi Arabia, courtesy Saint-Gobain (in particular, Jean-Pierre Floris, Senior Vice-President and President of the Innovative Materials Sector) and Prince Faisal Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. A MOU was signed at a ceremony in Torgau, Germany, this week. That’s where “Saint-Gobain’s Avancis affiliate operates […] read more

New “Smart” Solar Modules Unveiled by Upsolar

Published on October 18th, 2012 | by

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Upsolar yesterday unveiled that it has created new “smart modules” with the help of Tigo Energy. Reportedly, these are the first smart modules to be certified by TÜV Rheinland PTL for Europe and North America. The new smart modules are good for residential, commercial, or utility-scale solar installations. read more

Artificial Butterfly Wing Material To Improve Solar Panels

Published on October 18th, 2012 | by

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A new material designed to emulate many of the qualities of a butterfly’s wing has been developed by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Created primarily through the use of lasers, the ‘wafer’ can mimic the iridescent colors of butterfly’s wings, and is also water-proof. The researchers used holographic lithography to create the […] read more

Largest Solar Plant In Latin America Receiving 40 MW Of Solar PV Modules From Yingli Solar

Published on October 15th, 2012 | by

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One of the leading solar energy companies in the world, Yingli Green Energy, recently announced that the company is supplying 40 MW of photovoltaic modules for a new solar power plant that will be the largest in Latin America when completed. The solar plant the PV panels are being provided for was developed by Gestamp […] read more

Thin Film Solar Cell Degradation Prevented with New Method

Published on October 13th, 2012 | by

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The Laboratory for Photovoltaics at the University of Luxembourg has recently devised a new method to observe the causes of and prevent solar cell degradation before solar cell production is even finished. This will have huge effects on the solar cell manufacturing industry because of how fast chemical damage to solar cells can happen, and […] read more

Black Silicon Solar Cell Efficiency Raised to 18.2% by NREL Scientists

Published on October 12th, 2012 | by

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Black-silicon solar cells with 18.2% efficiency have been created by researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). These don’t need extra anti-reflection layers (like typical solar cells do), which should help to significantly lower the cost of solar energy. The specially designed nanostructured surface ensures that the light-generated electricity is […] read more

New High-Voltage Solar Cell Makes Solar-Powered Electronics More Feasible

Published on October 12th, 2012 | by

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A new, relatively high-voltage solar cell that can charge the li-ion batteries of portable electronics such as e-book readers and cellphones in partial shade has been created by the University of Warwick and Molecular Solar. This type of solar cell is called an organic solar cell, plastic solar cell, or organic photovoltaic cell (OPV). Professor Tim […] read more