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Mozambique's largest pre-paid solar mini-grid

Mozambique's largest pre-paid solar mini-grid

Feb 6, 2018 Mozambique
The solar mini-grid will be the country's first privately developed and financed mini-grid, and is expected to generate up to 200kWp of solar power that will electrify the island's households, public institutions, commercial enterprises and water pumps.
A simple new approach to plastic solar cells

A simple new approach to plastic solar cells

Feb 5, 2018 Japan
Plastic solar cells, based on blends of conducting organic polymers, are of interest for making lightweight and cheap solar cells. The problem with these kinds of solar cells is that their solar power efficiencies are very closely related to the way the different types of materials mix and crystalize in thin films. This means complex and careful processing is usually needed to make efficient polymer solar cells.
Pathway opens to minimize waste in solar energy capture

Pathway opens to minimize waste in solar energy capture

Jan 31, 2018 Australia
Researchers have made an important discovery with significant implications for the future of solar cell material design.
Ideal material for smart photovoltaic windows

Ideal material for smart photovoltaic windows

Jan 29, 2018 United States
Imagine that when a window is darkened, it simultaneously produces electricity. Such a material - a photovoltaic glass that is also reversibly thermochromic - is a green technology researchers have long worked toward, and now, scientists have demonstrated a way to make it work.
China leads in photovoltaics

China leads in photovoltaics

Jan 26, 2018 China
China is raised its installed solar power capacity in 2017, using more efficient technology and expanded distributed power generation.
Perovskite solar cell application in office buildings

Perovskite solar cell application in office buildings

Jan 23, 2018 Poland
Skanska's commercial development business unit in Central Eastern Europe will be the first developer worldwide to cover office buildings with semi-transparent perovskite solar cells on a commercial scale.
Slow 'hot electrons' could improve solar cell efficiency

Slow 'hot electrons' could improve solar cell efficiency

Jan 18, 2018 Netherlands
Photons with energy higher than the 'band gap' of the semiconductor absorbing them give rise to what are known as hot electrons. The extra energy in respect to the band gap is lost very fast, as it is converted into heat so it does not contribute to the voltage.
UNSW signs world-first solar energy agreement

UNSW signs world-first solar energy agreement

Jan 17, 2018 Australia
The 15-year solar supply agreement with Maoneng is the first of its kind in Australia - bringing together a retailer, developer and corporate - and will allow UNSW to achieve its goal of carbon neutrality on energy use by 2020.
Standardizing perovskite aging measurements

Standardizing perovskite aging measurements

Jan 16, 2018 Switzerland
Scientists have produced a data-driven proposal for standardizing the measurements of perovskite solar cell stability and degradation.
New photovoltaic production technique reduces cost, boosts stability

New photovoltaic production technique reduces cost, boosts stability

Dec 28, 2017 1 Europe
Perovskite solar cells are cheap to produce and simple to manufacture. Improving their efficiency, as one EU-backed project has just done, makes them an ever-more compelling alternative source of energy.
Progress on solar highway in China

Progress on solar highway in China

Dec 26, 2017 China
According to reports in the Chinese media a solar highway will be completed in China before the end of December by Qilu Transportation Development Group.