Panasonic plans to deepen its ties to Tesla if the merger with SolarCity is approved in November. It will take over manufacturing of solar cells and solar panels at the Buffalo Gigafactory and supply Tesla with up to 10,000 solar panels a day.
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Swiss engineers report they have created a new solar cell with 36.4% efficiency — a new world record. They claim their cell will be competitive with conventional solar systems.
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 […]
Carrying out applied research throughout the entire process chain of wafer-based silicon solar module production, Fraunhofer CSP is currently working on improving the quality of wafer-thin silicon discs and in producing them as cheaply as possible.
A new world record conversion efficiency for cadmium-telluride (CdTe) solar photovoltaic cells was recently achieved by researchers at First Solar’s Research & Development Center in Perrysburg, Ohio. The new record of 21.5% efficiency was verified and certified at the Newport Corporation’s Technology and Applications Center PV Lab — and keeps the solar developer on track […]
California-based solar cell manufacturer, solar module manufacturer, and solar power developer SunPower said recently that it had made its one billionth solar cell. The company started making them 11 years ago. SunPower solar cells are high efficiency compared to other commercially available cells, currently achieving about 24.2% efficiency. When the company started making them in 2003, the efficiency […]
The Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) has announced that it has set a new copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) thin-film solar cell efficiency record. The 20.8% record beats ZSW’s own previous record of 20.3% as well as the 20.4% multicrystalline PV cell record — the first time that thin-film solar cell efficiency has surpass multicrystalline […]
Cost-efficient plastic solar cells are now one step closer to the market thanks to new research from Imperial College London — a new means of exerting control over the arrangement of polymer molecules within a thin layer of a plastic solar cell has been developed, allowing, essentially, the creation of ‘nanowires’ within the material. One […]
As discussed previously, a pn junction diode and a light-generated current are required to model a solar cell. Hence, the simplest solar cell consists of a pn junction diode connected in parallel with the currrent source — shown below in Figure 1. Meanwhile, when there is no light present to generate any current, the PV cell behaves […]
JA Solar has reported that it has achieved a record 18.3% efficiency for a standard 156×156 mm2 multicrystalline solar cell. This was verified by Yangzhou Opto-Electrical Products Testing Institute. This is twice as efficient as my solar panel. Solar cell and solar panel efficiency isn’t as big an issue as some have made it out to be. […]