Jan 162019
 
From 2018, the size would remain steady at 100 to 120GW with an annual fluctuation rate of less than 10%. According to EnergyTrend’s latest Market Demand Report, the number of GW-level markets will increase from 6 in 2016 to 15 in 2019, showing that the global market will continue to become more distributed. In 2019, China and the United States will be the top two markets in the world, while India will be the country with the third highest PV demand and Japan the fourth. After 2019,...
Jan 142019
 
Standard Solar, Inc., a solar energy company specializing in the development and financing of commercial solar electric systems nationwide, today announced that Dan Dobbs, former SunEdison executive and co-founder of Solar Grid Storage, has joined the company as Executive Vice President, Structured Finance. Dobbs started his energy sector career at SunEdison, where he progressed through finance, marketing and produ
Jan 142019
 
Despite many benefits and relative popularity as a renewable energy source, eventually, the sun does set on even the best solar panels. Over time, solar cells face damage from weather, temperature changes, soiling, and UV exposure. Solar cells also require inspections to maintain cell performance levels and reduce economic losses. So, how does one inspect panels in real time, in a way that is both cost-effective and time-efficient? Parveen Bhola, a research scholar at India's Thapar...
Jan 112019
 
Total global corporate funding into the solar sector, including venture capital and private equity (VC), debt financing, and public market financing came to $9.7 billion, a 24 percent drop compared to the $12.8 billion raised in 2017. Global VC funding for the solar sector in 2018 fell 18 percent to $1.3 billion in 65 deals, compared to $1.6 billion raised in 99 deals in 2017.  Of the $1.3 billion in VC funding raised in 65 deals in 2018, $1.2 billion went to 50 Solar Downstream...
Jan 092019
 
TE Connectivity (TE), a world leader in connectivity and sensors, announces the new SOLARLOK PV Edge decentralized junction box that can be attached to glass-to-glass photovoltaic panels without drilling holes. The new junction box aims to reduce installation costs, raise energy outputs from the panels and improve reliability. Glass-to-glass photovoltaic cells continue to increase in efficiency, fall in price, and grow in popularity. TE’s new PV Edge junction box is aligned to...
Jan 092019
 
The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Freiburg (Germany) has developed a special adhesive process to interconnect silicon solar cells for the industrial production of shingle modules. The market demand for shingle modules is rising rapidly due to their high efficiency and pleasing aesthetics. The cell stringer at Fraunhofer ISE is unique in Germany. It offers a wide range of possibilities for the prototype production of this highly efficient module. Due to mechanical...
Jan 092019
 
Today, state lawmakers returned to Columbia for the 2019 Session and will debate new legislation from Republican State Senator Tom Davis aimed at providing families, businesses, schools, and other energy consumers energy options by reducing costs, increasing competition, and maintaining the South Carolina’s popular net metering program. It will also expand solar options to renters and low-income residents through community solar. The ‘Clean Energy Access Act’ (Senate Bill...
Jan 082019
 
Duke Energy today announced the completion and operation of its new 74.9-megawatt (MW) Hamilton Solar Power Plant in Jasper, Fla. The plant's carbon-free power is enough to energize more than 20,000 homes at peak production. Across Duke Energy's Florida service territory, the company's 1.8 million customers — and the environment — are now benefiting from approximately 300,000 solar panels that generate clean, renewable energy.  The Hamilton plant is part of the...
Jan 072019
 
Silicon solar cells dominate the photovoltaic market today but the technology approaches the theoretical maximum efficiency that can be achieved with silicon as the only absorber material. Tandem solar cells, on the other hand, combine several absorber materials, enabling a better energetic use of the solar irradiance spectrum. Due to their higher efficiency potential, tandem solar cells have a promising future. After intensive research, scientists at Fraunhofer ISE in cooperation with...
Jan 072019
 
For the first time, researchers at Lund University in Sweden have used advanced molecule design to create an iron molecule that can function as a photocatalyst to produce fuels as well as in solar cells to produce electricity.  The Earth-abundant — and therefore much cheaper — iron could replace the rare and very expensive metal complexes used thus far, such as the noble metals ruthenium, osmium and iridium. Long live the excited iron complex We are talking nanoseconds:...