Aug 152018
 
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) announced the hiring of two first-class executives who are ideally suited to help the trade association match the solar industry’s skyrocketing growth in the years ahead. John Smirnow will rejoin SEIA as general counsel and vice president of market strategy and Tony Chen will serve in the newly created position of vice president of business development. “The SEIA Board of Directors has set as priorities aggressive solar deployment with...
Aug 142018
 
Solar test equipment manufacturer Seaward Group has relaunched the latest in its popular range of solar PV test equipment with new features to keep it at the forefront of the industry. The new PV200/210 Complete Kit, which builds on the success of the original PV200 and 210 devices, has new functionality to boost performance and precision. Innovative new functions include a brand new I-V curve algorithm designed to produce higher resolution results. Users will also find new messages that...
Aug 132018
 
The trend in corporate solar projects is to generate as many kilowatt hours as possible often on a limited rooftop space. A facility in California that is leased by Chiquita recently made use of its 368,000 square feet of roof to install over 3000 solar panels. That all sounds very conventional for a rooftop solar installation, but the difference is that the panels are mounted on a unique, state-of-the-art rooftop tracking system, which boosts PV production an estimated 30%. The impetus for...
Aug 072018
 
New findings by researchers from the University of Potsdam and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) could revolutionize the design of perovskite solar cells. Photoluminescence techniques with high precision, spatial and temporal resolution allowed extremely accurate measurements on 1-square-centimeter perovskite cells, which enabled the teams to identify the decisive loss processes in perovskite solar cells that limit the efficiency. To determine where these defects were located within the...
Aug 062018
 
HyperSolar, Inc., the developer of a technology to produce renewable hydrogen, using sunlight and any source of water, today announced that it was recently granted a patent from the Australian Government entitled “Multi-junction artificial photosynthetic cell with enhanced photovoltages” issued as Patent No. 2015231504. This patent is jointly owned by HyperSolar and the Regents of the University of California, as a result of the collaboration with the University of...
Aug 062018
 
Sharp Electronics Corporation’s Energy Systems and Services Group (Sharp ESSG) announced that its behind-the-meter SmartStorage energy storage solution was selected to be installed at ILM Tool’s 25,000-square-foot machine shop to help offset its growing peak demand usage. ILM Tool handles quick turnaround prototype and production run orders for sheet metal manufacturing, plastic milling and machining, as well as thermoforming for a wide range of industries.  Synergy...
Aug 032018
 
A technique discovered by researchers at the University of Exeter in the UK allows to move excited charges through a non-uniform energy-gap landscape. This effect could make solar cells three times more efficient by “funneling” the electrons and holes so they can be extracted from the semiconductor more efficiently.  “Such energy gradient is realized by inducing a non-uniform strain gradient in the semiconductor — that is, by ‘pulling’ the material in a...