Anne Fischer

Jul 182019
 
Imagine printing electronic devices using a simple inkjet printer — or even painting a solar panel onto the wall of a building. Such technology would slash the cost of manufacturing electronic devices and enable new ways to integrate them into our everyday lives. Over the last two decades, a type of material called organic semiconductors, made out of molecules or polymers, has been developed for such purposes. But some properties of these materials pose a major hurdle that limits their...
Jul 172019
 
Hanwha Q CELLS GmbH, the German subsidiary of one of the largest solar cell and module manufacturers in the world, has supplied its award-winning and certified low-carbon Q.PEAK-G4.2 305 W solar modules to a large ground-mounted solar farm in western France.  Situated in the commune of Baud in France’s Brittany region, the 4.5 MW solar plant was officially inaugurated and connected to the central grid on July 8. Comprising 14,592 solar modules from Q CELLS, the solar farm is...
Jul 172019
 
Ever since China's 531 New Policy came into effect back in 2018, Chinese manufacturers impacted by the policy actively sought expansion overseas in order to lessen the risks from the policy. Adding that the distribution of global markets is becoming more diverse and dispersed, we see global demand for PV modules being pushed up as a result. EnergyTrend, a division of TrendForce, gives the following outlook for 2H19: Clients will slightly reduce pull-ins for 3Q, but this is...
Jul 162019
 
Cantsink, a solar product supplier since 2010, is introducing Centric, its latest solar innovation, to speed inverter installation and make monitoring easier. By allowing location of string inverters at a central position among ground-mounted panels, Centric streamlines inverter placement during construction. In a traditional arrangement underneath the panels, inverters are mounted one-by-one in successive spots throughout the project. Centric offers a single, covered location for mounting...
Jul 152019
 
Recent solar research is bringing down the cost of solar as well as increasing efficiencies. It is also expanding the use of solar in ways that can help solve environmental problems, like the need for clean drinking water. Here we present the latest cutting-edge research from around the world that is advancing solar technology as well as using it for the betterment of the world’s population. Solar energy & water purification in one Researchers at King Abdullah University of Science...
Jul 112019
 
MiaSolé, a manufacturer of lightweight, flexible, thin-film photovoltaic solar panels announced that the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) has independently confirmed a 17.44 [DP1] percent aperture area efficiency on a commercial size flexible PV module (aperture area 1.08m2).  This achievement was recognized as a new certified record large area CIGS module in the latest Progress in Photovoltaics compendium of PV records (Prog Photovolt Res Appl....
Jul 112019
 
A multifunctional device that captures the heat shed by photovoltaic solar panels has been developed by KAUST and used to generate clean drinking water as a way to simultaneously generate electricity and water using only renewable energy. Water and energy production is deeply intertwined, says Wenbin Wang, a Ph.D. student in Peng Wang's labs at the University's Water Desalination and Reuse Center. Conventional solar farms use fresh water to wash dust from the panels. Meanwhile, water...
Jul 112019
 
​A window film with a specially designed molecule could be capable of taking the edge off the worst midday heat and instead distributing it evenly from morning to evening. The molecule has the unique ability to capture energy from the sun’s rays and release it later as heat. This is shown by researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, in the scientific journal Advanced Science. ​On sunny summer days, it can be little short of...
Jul 102019
 
Mayor Jeffrey Lunde announced the completion of the solar panel installation at city facilities. Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, Congressman Dean Phillips, Speaker of the House Melissa Hortman, all supporters of clean energy, joined the news conference to talk about the importance of this project. “Back in 2015, we worked closely with the community to decide where we want the City of Brooklyn Park to go. It was clear they want the city to be a leader in environmental sustainability,”...