Solar Cells

The USITC in Washington, DC. By Toytoy at English Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0 license).

USITC Votes to Continue Investigations on Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Cells in Southeast Asia

USITC Votes to Continue Investigations on Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Cells, Whether or Not Assembled into Modules from Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam United States International Trade Commission (USITC) [last week] determined that there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of Crystalline … [continued]

DuraMAT researchers conduct outdoor photoluminescence testing of installed PV modules, testing a high-throughput method of checking module health without needing to disconnect the PV system. Image courtesy of NREL.

DuraMAT Forecasts How New Photovoltaic Module Technologies Might Perform Over 20, 30, Or 50 Years

As the Solar Industry Grows Rapidly, Materials, Designs, and Solar Panels Are Changing Quickly For the solar photovoltaics (PV) industry, rapid growth can produce rapid—and sometimes unpredictable—changes. As the industry continued to see a major period of growth in 2023, the Durable Module Materials (DuraMAT) Consortium seized the opportunity to … [continued]

NREL's newly updated Best Research-Cell Efficiency Chart adds a new hybrid tandem category and condenses the subcategories under the III-V multijunction cell category.

Popular NREL Cell Efficiency Chart Now Better Presents Tandem Photovoltaics

NREL Photovoltaics Researchers Create a New Version of the Iconic Chart That Tracks World-Record PV Cells Across Many Technologies and Time The Best Research-Cell Efficiency Chart is one of the most-visited pages on the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL’s) website. It makes frequent appearances in presentations at photovoltaic (PV) research conferences, tracking … [continued]

Efficient: The two-layer perovskite solar cells can achieve higher efficiencies than silicon cells. « Perovskite-based tandem solar cell. Image by Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology

Light, Flexible, Efficient Perovskite-Based Tandem Solar Cells

All-perovskite tandem solar cells could soon pick up where silicon solar cells reach their limits. These highly efficient, lightweight, and flexible cells have already proven themselves in the laboratory — now, Empa researchers are working on scaling them up and making them ready for the real world. Roof tiles are … [continued]

Direct Laser Writing On Halide Perovskites: From Mechanisms To Applications

Metal halide perovskites have become well-deserved “star” materials among a variety of semiconductors owing to their excellent optoelectronics properties, such as high photoluminescence (PL) quantum yield (QY), high absorption coefficient, tunable bandgaps, long carrier diffusion lengths, and high defect tolerance, attracting enormous attention from both academia and industry. Meanwhile, DLW, … [continued]