10 Sep 2019
Innovative fine-line screen printing metallization
Together with their project partners, scientists at the Photovoltaic Technology Evaluation Center PV-TEC at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Freiburg have succeeded in improving the traditional screen printing process for the fine-line metallization of silicon solar cells.
4 Mar 2019
Next-gen rooftop solar panels achieve record efficiency
Insolight's pre-production modules set a new efficiency standard of 29% for commercial solar panels. Results were validated by the Solar Energy Institute of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid setting the stage for large-scale industrialization.
3 Jan 2019
Scalable Perovskite Technology
17 Dec 2018
Alta Devices sets 29.1% solar efficiency record
NASA is testing Alta Devices solar technology at the International Space Station in order to evaluate Alta's technology for future NASA low-Earth orbit missions, including powering CubeSats. Alta Devices also recently announced a new efficiency record of 29.1% for its single junction solar cell.
26 Nov 2018
Record-breaking solar cells get ready for mass production
Sandwiching an oxygen-rich layer of silicon between a solar cell and its metal contact has allowed researchers in Europe to break performance records for the efficiency with which silicon solar cells convert sunlight into electricity. But the challenge now is how to make these so-called passivating contacts suitable for mass production.
17 May 2018
Update from the IDTechEx Show! Berlin 2018.
17 May 2018
Increasing silicon photovoltaic efficiency
At ICREN Barcelona, April 2018, Dr Wilhelm Warta (Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE) noted that reducing the cost of electricity from PV calls for increasing the conversion efficiency of solar cells.
17 Apr 2017
Imec and Solliance's perovskite PV modules achieve 12.4%
The module efficiency was measured under long-term maximum power point tracking, testifying to its exceptional stability.
11 Mar 2016
Seven patents to develop cheaper lighting and flexible solar cells
n November 2012, the TREASORES project (Transparent Electrodes for Large Area Large Scale Production of Organic Optoelectronic Devices) started with the aim of developing technologies to dramatically reduce the production costs of organic electronic devices such as solar cells and LED lighting panels.
22 Sep 2015
New world record for both sides-contacted silicon solar cells
The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE has set a new efficiency record for silicon solar cells.
20 Jul 2015
Global electricity storage market for renewables
International and national assessments of the global electricity storage market have been hindered by uncertainty about which technologies and market segments to include. A central question for this roadmap is whether storage is used to support the integration of renewables or for other purposes.
26 May 2015
Efficiency record for black silicon solar cells jumps to 22.1%
Researchers have obtained the record-breaking efficiency of 22.1% on nanostructured silicon solar cells.
31 Oct 2014
Collaboration in roll to roll production of large area flexible PVs
Flexible organic photovoltaic (OPV) cells over 6m long and 50cm wide have been produced by a recent pan European collaborative research and development project named "FabriGen".
13 Oct 2014
Printable electronics material for PV cells
Teijin Limited has announced that it has developed the world's first printable electronics material, named NanoGram® Si paste, and related processing technologies, for the local back surface field photovoltaic cell capable of high conversion efficiency.
13 May 2014
PERC silicon solar cells achieve world record efficiency
The Institute for Solar Energy Research Hamelin (ISFH) increases the conversion efficiency of industrial p-type silicon solar cells with screen-printed metal contacts from today's typical 17.5% to 19.5% to a record value of 21.2%.
26 Sep 2013
World record solar cell with 44.7% efficiency
The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, Soitec, CEA-Leti and the Helmholtz Center Berlin jointly announced having achieved a new world record for the conversion of sunlight into electricity using a new solar cell structure with four solar subcells.
10 Apr 2013
Record efficiency for black silicon solar cells
Scientists at Aalto University, Finland and Fraunhofer ISE, Germany report an efficiency of 18.7% for black silicon solar cells, the highest efficiency reported so far for a black silicon solar cell.