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Magical cure: Pink, microcrystalline lithium cobalt phosphate powder. Image: TUM

Novel process for producing high-voltage cathodes for lithium-ion batteries

2017-10-19

Dr. Jennifer Ludwig of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has developed a process that allows a fast, simple, and cost-effective production of the promising cathode material lithium cobalt phosphate in high quality. The chemist was awarded the Evonik Research Prize for her work. Read more...

Sonnen has been commissioned to provide 3,000 homes with sonnenBatterien in a new community in Prescott Valley (Arizona). Image: Sonnen

Sonnen builts first Sonnen-City in the USA

2017-10-13

In the US state of Arizona, a new city is being built in which every 3,000 homes produce, store and network their own electricity. According to his own data, Sonnen is currently implementing the largest home storage project in the US. Read more...

Stanford researchers are developing a sodium ion battery based on a compound related to table salt. Image: twinlili/pixelio.de

A Stanford battery based on sodium may offer more cost-effective storage than lithium

2017-10-11

Industrial forecasts predict an insatiable need for battery farms to store renewable energy like solar and wind. Lithium ion batteries may remain tops for sheer performance, but when cost-per-storage is factored in, a Stanford design based on sodium ions offers promise. Read more...

Due to the remote location of the site the sun2live-project has to overcome some logistical challenges, e.g. it has to choose smaller containers and boats. Image: meeco

Remote community in Guyana to be powered by solar energy

2017-10-10

meeco and oursun Guyana will install 400 kWp off-grid sun2live solution to provide Mabaruma Region with clean energy. Read more...

A new project led by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory aims at to utilize distributed energy resources such as customer-generated solar power to enhance the electrical grid’s ability to recover from a blackout or cascading outage quickly in the event of a major disaster. Image: LLNL

LLNL project aims to transform electrical grid resiliency with distributed energy resources

2017-10-04

A new project headed by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) aims to utilize solar energy resources for restoration and recovery operations, boosting the grid's ability to bounce back from a blackout or cascading outage, and potentially reducing customer reconnection time to a matter of hours. Read more...

Europe should not disappear from the manufacturing map and highlighted the numerous competitive advantages of Europe e.g. R&D. Image: Fraunhofer-Center für Silizium-Photovoltaik CSP

Higer level of ambition for the annual European PV market needed

2017-10-02

The 33rd EU-PVSEC PV technology conference and exhibition hosted this week the first edition of the EU Solar Industry Forum. Read more...

Bifacial PV module: The CalLab PV Modules of Fraunhofer ISE has the only test rig worldwide for calibrating this new type of module which collects sun both on the front and back side. Image: Fraunhofer ISE

International Intercomparison of PV Modules Reaffirms Measurement Precision of the CalLab PV Modules

2017-09-27

At 1.3 percent measurement precision, the accredited calibration laboratory of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE achieved a record value. Measurement repeatability is 0.4 percent. Germany’s national accreditation body DAkkS has confirmed this value according to DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005. Read more...

The members of the research group developed extremely thin and flexible organic photovoltaic cells, based on a material called PNTz4T. Image: Riken

A solar cell you can put in the wash

2017-09-20

Scientists from RIKEN and the University of Tokyo have developed a new type of ultra-thin photovoltaic device, coated on both sides with stretchable and waterproof films, which can continue to provide electricity from sunlight even after being soaked in water or being stretched and compressed. Read more...

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

2017-09-19

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

2017-09-14

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...

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