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Plastic Solar Cells Offer Bright Future

  Energy consumption is growing rapidly in the 21st century, with rising energy costs and sustainability issues greatly impacting the quality of human life. Harvesting energy directly from sunlight to generate electricity using photovoltaic technologies is considered to be one … Continue reading

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Stacked Solar Cells Can Handle Energy Of 70,000 Suns, currently at 45% efficiency

With a new connection, the overall efficiency of solar energy devices, including GaAs based ones, can reduce the cost of solar energy production North Carolina State University researchers have come up with a new technique for improving the connections between … Continue reading

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NPD Solarbuzz: Idled solar cell capacity in India belies bigger issues

Market research firm, NPD Solarbuzz reports that a significant amount of crystalline-silicon solar cell production in India lays idle, despite almost US$0.5 billion of investment in solar cell equipment between 2006 and 2012. The reason for the idled capacity was … Continue reading

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First Solar and China Sunergy urge Indian government to drop dumping investigation

U.S. and Chinese manufacturers claim that India’s government is acting beyond the scope of its powers in a dumping probe they describe as “flawed.” An Indian investigation into claims that U.S., European, Chinese, Malaysian and Japanese PV manufacturers dumped solar cells … Continue reading

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Doping boosts efficiency of CdTe cell: Empa study

Scientists at the Empa Institute in Switzerland claim to have achieved 11.5% conversion efficiency for a CdTe solar cell by doping it with copper. The researchers improved on previous results of around 8% by using high-vacuum copper evaporation on substrate … Continue reading

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India May Expand Solar Dumping Probe to EU, Japan Cells – All parties must submit written statements by July 25, and defendants have until Aug. 2 to respond

Indian clean-energy companies that claim manufacturers in the U.S. and China dumped solar cells below cost on the market are seeking to extend their case to include imports from Europe and Japan. Indosolar Ltd. (ISLR), Jupiter Solar Power Ltd. and … Continue reading

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Date set for start of India’s solar anti-dumping investigation

The Indian government has announced a date for a preliminary hearing for its investigation into anti-dumping allegations against PV module manufacturers in China, Taiwan, USA and Malaysia. The investigation was announced last year following a petition by the Solar Manufacturers Association, representing … Continue reading

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Are Super-Thin Solar Cells The Future? New Solar Cells Developed That Are Pound For Pound Up To 1000 Times More Powerful Than Conventional Photovoltaics

The general drive in the solar energy technology industry has been towards the development of higher solar cell efficiencies and lowered manufacturing costs, but are there other avenues of improvement worth exploring? Such as the development of ultra-thin, ultra-lightweight solar … Continue reading

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NREL lastest Cell Efficiencies right upto 44%

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43.6 % Four-Junction Solar Cell under Concentrated Sunlight New Manufacturing Technologies allow for Higher Efficiencies

Image of a solar cell wafer with four-junction concentrator cells and test structures. ©Fraunhofer ISE In an ambitious industry project with the French company Soitec, Fraunhofer ISE is currently developing a new generation of multi-junction solar cells with efficiency potential … Continue reading

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