May 312019
 
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) announced a new competition to engage college students in reimagining how energy is generated, managed, and used in a district—the U.S. Department of Energy Solar District Cup Collegiate Design Competition Funded by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Office, the Solar District Cup challenges student teams across the U.S. to design and model the most reliable, resilient, and cost-effective...
May 302019
 
First Solar, Inc. today announced that its Cove Mountain 2 solar power plant will support Facebook’s Eagle Mountain Data Center, through a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Rocky Mountain Power, a division of PacifiCorp and part of Berkshire Hathaway Energy. The 122-megawatt (MW)AC facility will be built near the town of Enterprise in Iron County, Utah (US), and is scheduled to begin operations in 2020. It will be constructed near the 58MWAC Cove...
May 292019
 
The second round of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) American-Made Solar Prize, a $3 million competition designed to revitalize U.S. solar manufacturing, is underway and seeking new participants to develop solutions capable of advancing solar technologies across the country. Administered for DOE by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the Solar Prize program supports entrepreneurs as they develop transformative technology ideas into concepts and then into early-stage...
May 282019
 
Trina Solar Co. Ltd. announced today that its State Key Laboratory (SKL) of PV Science and Technology (PVST) of China has set a new world record of 24.58% for a high-efficiency n-type mono-crystalline silicon (c-Si) i-TOPCon solar cell. The record-breaking bifacial solar cell was fabricated on a large-sized 244.62 cm2 wafer with a low-cost industrial process of advanced i-TOPCon (Industrial Tunnel Oxide Passivated Contact) technologies, having a front boron...
May 282019
 
InnoLas Solutions, a laser system supplier to the photovoltaic industry is introducing the next generation of laser system for the cSi solar cell manufacturing industry. The LUMION series will be on display during the SNEC show in Shanghai/ China. The LUMION platform is designed to handle different types of laser processes including PERC, LDSE, or LDC and reaches a throughput of up to 7.500 wafers/hour. Special focus was taken on costs versus throughput in order to generate best total cost of...
May 282019
 
Canadian Solar Inc. announced that it set a world record of 22.28% conversion efficiency for its p-type multi-crystalline P5 cell. The record high P5 cell efficiency was tested and certified by Fraunhofer ISE of Germany in April 2019. Canadian Solar has been developing its P5 (casted mono) technology and products for the past few years. The 22.28% record cell was fabricated by utilizing 157mmx157mm P5 multi-crystalline wafers and other production-ready...
May 282019
 
It isn’t news that more American homes, businesses and communities are adopting clean energy technologies – solar, wind, energy storage and electric vehicles – as they recognize the environmental, economic, resiliency and public health benefits. What we don’t hear much about are the challenges associated with interconnecting these distributed energy resources (DER) with the electric distribution system, while maintaining grid safety and reliability. Interconnection...
May 242019
 
Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a high-throughput computational method to design new materials for next generation solar cells and LEDs. Their approach generated 13 new material candidates for solar cells and 23 new candidates for LEDs. Calculations predicted that these materials, called hybrid halide semiconductors, would be stable and exhibit excellent optoelectronic properties. The team published their findings on May 22, 2019 in the journal Energy...
May 242019
 
University of Toronto (Canada) Engineering researchers have combined two emerging technologies for next-generation solar power — and discovered that each one helps stabilize the other. The resulting hybrid material is a major step toward reducing the cost of solar power while multiplying the ways it can be used. Today virtually all solar cells are made of high-purity silicon. It’s a well-established technology, and in recent years the manufacturing cost has dropped significantly...