It is common knowledge that if your solar panels can track the sun, their energy output can increase by as much as 30–40%. In spite of this, only a small number of solar PV installations use trackers. Mostly, the problem is that sun trackers are bulky and can also be costly when it comes to residential […]
The world’s largest solar research institute, Fraunhofer ISE, has designed a new solar reference cell built to improve the quality of cell measurements. Build according to the international standards of the World PV Scale (WPVS), Fraunhofer ISE’s new reference cell will allow test laboratories and cell and module manufacturers to significantly improve the quality of their measurements […]
A team of researchers at the University of Connecticut has created a “green antenna” is says will greatly increase solar panel efficiency at low cost.
New solar panel technologies are poised to drive down the cost of solar energy. Perovskite panels and organic solar panels cost much less to manufacture.
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.
Perovskite solar panels are more efficient that silicon panels. They are flexible and cost less. Will they ever make it out of the lab and into our world?
Originally published on EdenKeeper.org. Sitting under a tent in the bright, clean sunshine of Qatar, Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser listened intently as His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani shared an inspiration with her. It was early 1995, and together the noble couple conceived a plan for the post-carbon, cleantech future of […]
An extensive report from MIT entitled The Future of Solar Energy says the solar panels of today are adequate to meet the need for solar power in the future.
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 […]
Hawaii is one of the hottest solar markets in the world. Good solar resources, high electricity prices, and low solar panel prices have made it one of the first markets to hit “grid parity.” But there are still challenges getting the utilities to accept and allow this, as well as actually integrating the electricity into […]