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  • On CIGS solar

    A Topping of Perovskites to Boost Solar Cell Efficiencies

    Imec, partner in EnergyVille, recently obtained record efficiencies by adding perovskite solar cells on top of conventional silicon and CIGS technology (shown above).  For each solar cell semiconductor material, there is an intrinsic limit to...
  • Bifacial solar

    Assessing Bifacial Solar with Tracking Technology

    Innovation has driven the growth and development of the PV industry. With that innovation has come increased reliability, bankability, optimized energy yields, and higher efficiencies – making solar more and more appealing to stakeholders....
  • 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

    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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