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  • Eight PV Design Software Solutions

    Eight PV Design Solutions

    The many PV design solutions on the market today go beyond simply taking the guesswork out of laying out a photovoltaic system or solar plant. Many have similar features, such as taking shade into account in energy production modeling. Yet others...
  • NEC Codes and Solar Safety

    Solar Safety in the National Electrical Code 2017

    The safety of everyone involved with solar electric systems is of great importance, which is why, every three years, the National Electrical Code (NEC) is reviewed and often expanded. After examining over 4,000 public inputs (PIs) during the...
  • Using Remote Monitoring to Improve Service

    Using Remote Monitoring to Improve Service

    As with many industries, sometimes providing post-sale services is just as important as pre-sales. In some industries, this is important to create repeat customers, while in others it can be more important due to the generation of business...
  • Powin Energy

    Improving Energy Storage Warranties

    Energy storage is in a place now where it has gained strong traction with some utility companies and as a complement to renewable energy. But for storage to gain true widespread adoption at the commercial level, warranty coverage needs to be vastly...
  • Monitoring Solar Power Plants

    PV Monitoring: Why is professional monitoring important?

    If malfunctions with PV plants are not immediately detected, this leads to high yield losses. However, with a professional monitoring system, this problem can be avoided or minimized. Yet, there are numbers of explicit opportunities and challenges...
  • Solar Manufacturing

    Lasers in Solar Manufacturing

    High intensity line lasers at 355-1064nm see use in a number of modern production processes, including ablation, polymer welding and solar cell processing. For applications such as these, laser intensities of more than 50mJ/cm2 at pulse durations...
  • Smart Home

    Smart Homes & Storage: The latest trend in residential solar

    Imagine having a home that, once you leave for work for the day, begins to intelligently manage your appliances and electricity consumption, ensuring that your home is operating efficiently and maximizing its energy use. Your home will know when to...
  • Bottom cell of The University of Tuledos world-record all-perovskite tandem solar cell Credit Daniel MillerThe University of Toledo

    All-Perovskite Tandem Solar Cell Sets Efficiency World Record

    Researchers at The University of Toledo (UT) in Ohio (US) have developed an all-perovskite tandem solar cell that has reportedly achieved world-record conversion efficiency. The new kind of less-toxic device combines two different cells to harvest...
  • First Full-Size IBC Bifacial Solar Module

    First Full-Size IBC Bifacial Solar Module

    Researchers from the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and from the International Solar Energy Research Center Konstanz (ISC Konstanz) in Germany have developed the world's first...
  • Dr Ravinder Dahiya and his team have developed solar-powered skin for prosthetic hands UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW

    Solar-Powered Skin for Prosthetics

    Engineers at the University of Glasgow, Scotland (UK), have developed a technology to power synthetic skin with energy from the sun. Using optical transparent graphene, the breakthrough approach could help to create advanced prosthetic limbs...
  • When the molecule is hit by the sun it changes shape and stores the energy for later use

    Molecular Solar Thermal System Delivers Solar Energy on Demand

    Researchers at the Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, have demonstrated efficient solar energy storage in a chemical liquid. The team has shown that it is possible to convert energy from the sun directly into energy stored in...
  • Raman Mapping Analysis to Improve CZTS Solar Cells

    Raman Mapping Analysis to Improve CZTS Solar Cells

    Scientists at Swansea University in Wales (UK) have shown that Cu2ZnSn(S,Se)4 (CZTS), which is based on Earth-abundant elements, could potentially be an alternative to conventional Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGS) in solar cells.  CZTS-based solar cells...
  • From the top left corner, moving clockwise, the four images depict University at Buffalo students performing an experiment, clean drinking water, water evaporating, and black carbon wrapped around plastic in water with evaporated vapor on top evaporated w
  • Understanding Surface Recombination in Perovskite Solar Cells Through Transient reflection spectroscopy

    Surface Recombination in Perovskite Solar Cells

    Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have determined that surface recombination limits the performance of polycrystalline perovskite solar cells, and that protective material on the surface...

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