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  • Photo by Kenneth Wilsey for FEMA - Humacao, Puerto Rico, Jan 25, 2018

    Recommendations for Storm-Resilient Solar Installations

    The 2017 hurricane season was one of the most active in history. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria brought widespread destruction throughout the Caribbean. In addition to the emotional toll these severe storms had on people in the region, the...
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    Forecasting Energy Production of Solar Panels

    Together with its EnergyVille partners, imec has developed a simulation model designed to make the energy network more stable. It also makes the sale of energy more profitable and the work of PV researchers easier in general. Hans Goverde, a PV...
  • Colville Lake

    Unlocking PV Capacity with Energy Storage

    Until recently, microgrids have relied on power from diesel generators. But by integrating solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, operators can reduce the cost of diesel consumption, delivery and storage. In addition, integrating PV will also improve...
  • Residential solar

    Five Common Misconceptions about Residential Solar

    Generating electricity using solar roof installations may be growing in popularity but some homeowners still need convincing that it’s a clever way to save money on their electricity bills. With so much confusing information available, it can...
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    Innovative Research Advances Solar Technology

    As the cost of solar energy drops and electric rates rise, solar is getting much closer to grid parity. At the same time, efficiencies are going up in tiny increments, thanks to innovative and varied research underway around the world. For example,...
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    Thermal Imaging Cameras Test Solar Panels

    In the field of research and development, thermal imaging cameras are an established tool for evaluating solar cells and panels. However, the use of thermal imaging cameras for solar panel evaluation is not restricted to the field of...
  • Nooshin Mortazavi, materials researcher at Chalmers Department of Physics Photo credit Heln Rosenfeldt

    The Interplay of Water and Reactive Elements in Alloy Oxidation

    Groundbreaking findings of a study conducted at the Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, contributes to a better fundamental understanding of how alloys behave at high temperatures, which could help researchers to develop improved materials...
  • Optical Overtone Phenomenon Could Boost Solar Cell Efficiency solar guitar copyright PhOG, LMU
  • Artists representation of glass beads of slightly different diameters denoted by different colors in the nanoresonator coating Each bead acts as an optical whispering gallery, or resonator, for a slightly different wavelength of sunlight Credit K Dill, D
  • Photo NASASDOAIAGoddard Space Flight Center

    Studying Solar Flares from Earth

    Solar flares, cosmic radiation, and the northern lights are well known phenomena. But exactly how their enormous energy arises is not as well understood. Now, physicists at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have discovered a new way...
  • Moncrystalline CIGS thin-film solar cell

    CIGS Solar Cell Fabrication: Refuting assumptions

    Though the layout of these efficient thin-film solar cells is relatively simple, the material properties are very complex and, despite their success, not yet entirely understood. For two decades, scientists have believed that adding sodium to the...
  • Solar Cell With Integrated TENG Also Generates Energy from Rain

    Solar Cell Generates Energy from Rain

    Developed at Soochow University in China, a hybrid solar cell with a triboelectric nanogenerator (TENG) can generate electricity from both sunlight and the motion of raindrops.  The new device integrates a solar cell with a TENG via smart...
  • Dr Sawanta S Mali Left and Prof Chang Kook Hong Right are showing the perovskite solar cell devices fabricated at Polymer Energy Materials Laboratory, Chonnam National University, South Korea, which approaches 20 efficiency Photo Seong Il Oh

    Highly Efficient, Air-Stable Perovskite Solar Cells

    Researchers from Chonnam National University, South Korea, have developed a method — called co-precipitation — to make a solar thin film comprising nanoporous nickel oxide (NiOx) as the hole transporting layer (HTL) for a perovskite...

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