New High-Efficiency Quantum Dot Solar Cells Developed

Published on October 27th, 2012 | by

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The first solar cell with an external quantum efficiency (EQE) that exceeds 100 percent for photons with energies in the solar range has been created. With these new solar cells, every blue photon that is absorbed can generate up to 30 percent more current than with current technologies. The external quantum efficiency is the measure […]

Solar Battery Charger from Ascent Solar & CTC GmbH

Published on October 19th, 2012 | by

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There are a lot of solar battery chargers out there. But here’s a new one from Ascent Solar and CTC GmbH: Portable Automotive Solar Battery Charger Announced (via Clean Technica) Here’s a new solar-powered consumer tech product to check out. The new Solab autonomous thin-film solar battery charger is the byproduct of a collaboration between Ascent Solar […]

Largest Transparent Solar PV Roof In U.S.

Published on October 19th, 2012 | by

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In many cases, transparent solar or building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) don’t serve enough of a purpose to warrant their extra cost. But, sometimes, they are the obvious choice for the project. Here’s one such example, the largest transparent solar PV roof in the US: Largest Transparent Photovoltaic Roof in the US (via Clean Technica)   […]

Bandgap Engineering Aims To Double Solar Cell Power Generation Using Nanowires

Published on October 19th, 2012 | by

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Two times more solar cell power generation? Well, that would be something, wouldn’t it! Here’s more info from CleanTechnica: Startup Hopes to Double the Power of Solar (via Clean Technica)   A Massachusetts start-up called Bandgap Engineering is aiming to double the power generation of solar cells using nanowires. Already, the company says it has achieved […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]