News (photovoltaics)

A perovskite solar cell from Solliance member imec

Solliance, a partnership of R&D organisations from The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany working in thin film photovoltaic solar energy, has announced that the Japanese Panasonic Corporation has joined one of its research programmes. The project concerns the development of roll-to-roll manufacturing processes aimed at large-scale production of flexible perovskite solar cells.

Thin-film PV array of CdTe solar modules manufactured by First Solar (photo: Wikipedia)

First Solar, Inc., a global provider of PV solar systems based in Tempe (AZ), USA, has announced that it has set a world record for cadmium-telluride (CdTe) photovoltaic module conversion efficiency, achieving 18.6% aperture efficiency for an advanced full size module. For the first time ever, First Solar has demonstrated a record module that is more efficient than the best multi-crystalline module recorded.

Ascent's latest breakthrough in solar cells for space environments weighs 66% less than comparable PV systems (photo by NASA [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)

Ascent Solar Technologies, a developer and manufacturer of state-of-the-art, flexible thin-film photovoltaic modules with headquarters in Thornton (CO), USA, has announced a major breakthrough in power-to-weight ratio for its superlight solar module. The device delivers over 1700W of power per kilogram, operating at AM0, technically known as the space environment.

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