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Researcher Judith Gomez-Vidal determined the coatings needed to allow concentrating solar power plants to store and use molten salts. Image: NREL/Dennis Schroeder

NREL Investigates Coatings Needed for Concentrating Solar Power


New research at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is aimed at mitigating corrosion levels in CSP plants with nickel-based coatings. Read more...

NREL PV system cost benchmark summary
(inflation adjusted), 2010–2017: The cost of solar systems showed a steady decline over the past seven years. Diagram: NREL

PV System Cost Fell Nearly 30% Last Year


The installed cost of solar power fell to record lows in the first quarter of 2017 because of the continuing decline in photovoltaic (PV) module and inverter prices, higher module efficiency, and lower labor costs, according to an analysis by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Read more...

For the cleanroom of Fraunhofer ISE, the consortium implemented a remote monitoring for cells in difusion tube. Image: Fraunhofer ISE

Virtual technology center for efficient solar cells


Linking up systems to a virtual network in order to make solar cell production in Baden Württemberg more efficient – this was the aim of the “InES” research project. Read more...

The compound eye of a fly inspired Stanford researchers to create a compound solar cell consisting of perovskite microcells encapsulated in a hexagon-shaped scaffold. Image: pixabay

Insect eyes inspire new solar cell design by Stanford researchers


A new solar cell inspired by the compound eyes of insects could help scientists overcome a major roadblock to the development of solar panels based on a promising material called perovskite. Read more...

The selective solar absorber (SSA) developed by the researchers appears black, and thus absorptive, under sunlight (as shown on the photograph on the left). However, for thermal radiation, it behaves like a non-emissive metal mirror (reflecting the dark blue sky, as shown on the thermograph on the right), and prevents the absorbed solar energy from being radiated away and lost. Figure courtesy of Jyotirmoy Mandal and Yuan Yang/Columbia University

Low-Cost Method for Solar-Thermal Conversion


Columbia Engineers and colleagues create a “dip-and-dry” approach for selective solar absorbers that exhibit high-performance and durability. Read more...

Construction boom at the PV: The new study of the MCC shows that 2050 the share of photovoltaic plants in the global power supply could be more than three times as large as previously assumed by the IPCC. Image: IBC Solar

Importance of solar energy underestimated by a factor of three


The growth of solar energy has been grossly underestimated in the results of the models of the IPCC. Costs have dropped and infrastructures expanded much faster than even the most optimistic models had assumed. Read more...

The analysis of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) represents the first publicly available survey of commercial-sector demand charges across the United States. Image: Dennis Schroeder/NREL

NREL Analysis Identifies Where Commercial Customers Might Benefit from Battery Energy Storage


Commercial electricity customers who are subject to high demand charges may be able to reduce overall costs by using battery energy storage to manage demand, according to research by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Read more...

Open Letter from the European PV Community


Organized by the European Technology and Innovation Platform for Photovoltaics (ETIP PV), EUREC - The Association of European Renewable Energy Research Centers and Solar United - The Global Solar PV Technology & Industry Association (Solar United) as well as equipment manufacturers, materials providers and PV Manufacturing companies published today an “Open Letter from the European PV Community”. Read more...

According to the report, the total installed solar PV capacity in the IEA PVPS countries and key markets has risen to at least 303 GW

IEA PVPS: At least 303 GW of solar PV are now installed world-wide


The International Energy Agency's Photovoltaic Power System Programme (IEA PVPS, Paris, France) published its new Snapshot report on Tuesday, April 18th, 2017. This serves as a preliminary assessment prior to the PVPS Trends Report that will be published in Q3 2017. This report provides estimated data about photovoltaic (PV) capacity in the countries reporting to the IEA PVPS Programme and additional key markets. At least 303 GW of PV are now installed worldwide, while in 2016, 75 GW of PV were installed globally. Read more...

The signing ceremony took place in Cairo on April 13th, 2017 in the presence of Egyptian Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy Dr. Mohamed Shaker El-Markabi and the Ambassador of Norway Mr. Sten Arne Rosnes.

Scatec Solar and partners sign PPAs for 400 MW of PV generation capacity in Egypt


Scatec Solar (Oslo, Norway) and partners have signed 25-year Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) for delivery of electricity from six solar photovoltaic (PV) plants totaling 400 MW with the Government of Egypt. All located in Ben Ban area near Aswan in Upper Egypt, the PV plants are expected to generate about 870 GWh of solar power per year. Read more...

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