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Solar-powered car-sharing system

17 October, 2013

Toshiba has completed construction of a car-sharing system for the Lyon Confluence Smart Community Demonstration Project.

Australia-European collaboration advancing electromaterials science

17 September, 2013

Australia-based researchers are in Ireland this week to team up with European collaborators who have helped drive the exciting developments in graphene, medical bionics, artificial muscles and next-generation solar cells at the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES).

Panasonic's solar cells to support Tokai Uni solar car team

30 August, 2013

Panasonic will provide technological support to the Tokai University Solar Car Team as it competes in the World Solar Challenge (WSR), held in Australia from 6 to 13 October 2013. The company will be supplying high-efficiency HIT solar cells with high electricity output and high-capacity lithium-ion batteries.

3D graphene for solar power

23 August, 2013 by Marcia Goodrich

Michigan Technological University scientists have developed 3D graphene, an inexpensive material that could replace the platinum in solar cells without degrading their efficiency.

Dyesol achieves record DSC efficiency of 15%

12 July, 2013

Announced in the scientific journal Nature is a paper by a team led by the ‘Father of DSC’ Professor Michael Graetzel describing a new deposition process to create the light harvesting pigment for solid-state dye solar cells.

New method for visualising defects in solar cells

01 July, 2013

Researchers at LMU Munich have developed a new method for visualising material defects in thin-film solar cells.

Researchers develop a new generation of photovoltaic cells

07 June, 2013

Researchers from the University at Buffalo are helping develop a new generation of photovoltaic cells that produce more power and cost less to manufacture than what’s available today.

Dyesol achieves solar cell breakthrough

16 May, 2013

Dyesol, an Australian-listed cleantech company, claims to have achieved a ‘game changing’ technical breakthrough by achieving a solid-state DSC efficiency of 11.3% at full sun.

Scientists produce Australia’s largest solar cells

16 May, 2013

Scientists have produced the largest flexible, plastic solar cells in Australia - 10 times the size of what they were previously able to - thanks to a new solar cell printer that has been installed at CSIRO.

IKEA expands US solar footprint

14 May, 2013

Home furnishings retailer IKEA has completed its 38th solar project in the US with installation of a PV array system at its store in Stoughton, Massachusetts.

Low-cost, flexible organic solar cell manufacturing partnership

03 April, 2013

UK Solar cell technology developer Solar Press and coating and printing experts Kroenert have signed a long-term partnership agreement to develop and sell turnkey manufacturing solutions for organic photovoltaic (OPV) modules.

Eltek Flatpack2 High Efficiency Solar Charger

06 March, 2013

With its MPPT algorithm ensuring close to 100% panel utilisation and efficiency up to 96.5%, the galvanic isolated solar charger sets new standards for renewable and hybrid power in telecommunications.

Multijunction solar cell breaks efficiency barrier

15 February, 2013

A collaboration of scientists has proposed a novel triple-junction solar cell with the potential to break the 50% conversion efficiency barrier, which is the current goal in multijunction photovoltaic development.

New path to more efficient organic solar cells

30 January, 2013

For polymer-based organic photovoltaic cells, which are far less expensive to manufacture than silicon-based solar cells, scientists have long believed that the key to high efficiencies rests in the purity of the polymer/organic cell’s two domains - acceptor and donor. Now, however, an alternate and possibly easier route forward has been shown.

Organic photovoltaics on steel: ThyssenKrupp and Solliance researching solar cells

03 December, 2012

ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe and Solliance are working together to create organic photovoltaics that can be incorporated into flat steel products for use in the construction industry.

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