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  • 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...
  • Top Ten Most Read Articles in Solar Novus

    Top Ten Solar Novus Articles of 2016

    Solar Novus Today readers are bright, knowledgeable professionals who are interested in keeping up with what is new and significant in the industry. By looking at the ten most-read articles in 2016, we see key trends including:  batteries and...
  • The S-5-PV Kit Edge Grab, shown here on an S-5 Mini clamp, engages a single-module frame along the edge of the solar array

    Attaching Solar Panels to Standing Seam Metal Roofs

    Metal roofing has been popular for hundreds of years in various forms, and this is in no small part due to the durability of these roofs. The return on investment of a metal roofing system is usually better than most other systems, justifying the...
  • 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...
  • European Project Sunflower Designs Less Toxic Organic Photovoltaic Materials

    Less Toxic Organic Photovoltaic Materials

    As part of the European Project Sunflower, nanotechnology researchers at Universitat Jaume I (UJI) in Castelló, Spain, have helped to develop less toxic organic photovoltaic (OPV) materials viable for industrial production.  “The...
  • NREL scientist Matt Reese holds a substrate with the solar cells removed to minimize the weight of the solar cell Photo by Dennis SchroederNREL 40800

    Delaminating Thin-Film Photovoltaics for Lighter Packaging

    In an effort to lessen the weight of renewable power sources carried by military in the field, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the U.S. Office of Naval Research are exploring ways to make solar technologies lighter. “The...
  • Near-Infrared-to-Visible Selective Thermal Emitters

    Near-Infrared-to-Visible Emitters Boost Solar Efficiency

    Efficiencies of current solar cells on the market top out around 20%. Thus, researchers at Kyoto University in Japan are exploring optical technologies to improve energy production converting sunlight. The result could be a game-changing...
  • First Real-Life Study of Solar-Powered Medical Implants
  • Degradation in MAPbI3 Perovskites Moving on

    Degradation in MAPbI3 Perovskites: Moving on

    Intrinsic instability issues with organic-inorganic halide perovskites have been curbing the advancement of solar cells using such materials. And researchers at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) in Japan...

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