Originally published on The Handleman Post. By Clayton Handleman Not so long ago, Sunpower’s 20+% efficiency modules were seen as high end niche products. Last week SolarCity announced that it had leapfrogged that benchmark with its 22% modules currently rolling off of its 100 MW lines and soon to be rolling off its 1 GW […]
A new Panasonic solar panel has established a new world record for efficiency, converting 22.5% of sunlight into electricity for more power per square foot.
A joint venture between Ascent Solar and the Chinese city of Suqian to build a thin-film solar plant has been shuttered. Initially, the plant was intended to produce about 25 MW of CIGS thin-film solar products, but that capacity could have been ramped up to 100 MW, if the plant had been constructed. It appears the two main factors contributing […]
As the saying goes, there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch. You can’t generate usable energy without some form of impact, whether it’s fossil fuels or renewables, and the Volkswagen “clean diesel” scandal provides ample evidence that technology solutions for fossil fuels are reaching their limit. In contrast, a new “green” thin-film solar […]
The UK startup Oxford Photovoltaics has just announced a second round of funding for 2015 that brings its haul for the year to $19 million. That enables a big step forward in the company’s R&D plans for solar cells based on perovskite materials — those promising but pesky crystals that could help lower the cost of solar […]
The Department of Energy (DOE) published a special report in late August of 2015 about a 4-year investigation into Solyndra’s application process that led to the thin-film solar company’s securing of a huge DOE loan. The report is here, if you prefer to go directly to it. The inquiry found that Solyndra did not apply to the […]
SolarCity announced October 2 it has developed the world’s most efficient solar panels and expects to build 10,000 a day at its new 1GW factory in Buffalo.
Over the past fortnight, Chinese-based solar panel manufacturer Yingli Solar signed two contracts to provide a total of 300 MW worth of solar panels. Yingli Green Energy Holding Company, or Yingli Solar for short, announced on September 17 that it had signed its largest solar panel supply agreement to date in China, with a 170 […]
One of the world’s leading silicon wafer producers, XI’AN LONGi Silicon Materials Corp, has expressed intentions to set up a manufacturing unit in India. LONGi Chairman Baoshen Zhong recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the state government of Andhra Pradesh to set up a solar cell and module manufacturing unit. LONGi plans to invest […]
Silicore Materials is building a large new silicon factory in Iceland where electric power is inexpensive because of abundant hydro and geothermal power.