News (photovoltaics)

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.

The HeLi-on flexible solar panel for charging mobile phones

The Danish start-up company infinityPV has launched a crowdfunding campaign for its new HeLi-on product, a super compact solar charger for the pocket. Using a powerful and flexible solar panel, HeLi-on is reported to facilitate phone charging significantly. The panel is assisted by a built-in rechargeable battery that ensures power even on a cloudy day.

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