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European Trio Working On Solar Canopy For Highways

September 5th, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan

A trio of technology leaders in Europe — the Austrian Institute of Technology, Fraunhofer ISE in Germany, and Forster Industrietechnik in Switzerland — is working to develop a solar canopy system for highways in order to tap into the vast, under-utilized road network for clean electricity generation


Shrimp, Fish, & Solar: A Recipe For Success

August 29th, 2019 | by Steve Hanley

Fraunhofer ISE is leading experiments that combine solar power with aquaculture along the Mekong River in southern Vietnam. Many shrimp and fish farms cover their operations with greenhouse-like structures to keep contaminants out of the water. Fruahofer is turning those greenhouses into solar energy farms in a process known as SHRIMPS, a catchy acronym that stands for the convoluted and overly complex title "Solar-Aquaculture Habitats as Resource Efficient and Integrated Multilayer Production Systems."


Building-Integrated Photovoltaics Emerging, Thanks To NZEB Goals

March 13th, 2019 | by Charles W. Thurston

Incorporating solar generation in commercial building materials may finally become a mainstream practice, with both solar windows and solar panels used to create net-zero buildings. Evolving regulations in leading jurisdictions like California and Germany are driving the building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) with adoption deadlines as early as next year


New Fraunhofer Solar Cell Stringer Uses Adhesives For 2% Boost

February 22nd, 2019 | by Charles W. Thurston

An R&D team at Fraunhofer ISE has unveiled a new solar cell stringing machine that can boost cell performance 2% by using electrically conductive adhesives to fix solar cells to a foil substrate in a shingled pattern. The process reduces the number of manufacturing steps that soldering a connective ribbon would require, and imparts more efficient cell performance in several incremental ways


Record 29% Concentrating Solar Cell Aims At Low-Cost Manufacturing

February 20th, 2019 | by Charles W. Thurston

A novel combination of high-grade spacecraft solar cell material and advanced light-concentrating lenses has yielded solar panels with a record 29% efficiency that may become available for general rooftop use by 2022. The crux in the commercialization of the planar optical micro-tracking technology will be cost-controlling manufacturing process, which is the current stage of study for Insolight, the cell developer


NASA Tests Record-Setting Alta Devices Solar Cell On Space Station

December 18th, 2018 | by Charles W. Thurston

Alta Devices’ record-setting solar cell has just begun a one-year test by NASA in the latest Materials International Space Station Experiment (MISSE-X) flight investigation, launched in November on board the NG CRS-10 mission. NASA is testing Alta Devices solar technology at the Space Station in order to evaluate the technology for future NASA low-Earth orbit missions, including powering CubeSats, a trending, small, inexpensive satellite design


How Efficient Will Solar PV Be In The Future? 10-Year Predictions For The Industry

August 15th, 2017 | by Ricky Dunbar

If you were to walk into a solar store and purchase some of their best-selling PV panels, it is likely that their solar irradiance-to-electricity conversion efficiency would be around 17%. This is the typical efficiency (Fraunhofer ISE Photovoltaics Report, 2017) of the top-selling PV product, a multi-crystalline silicon panel. This means that for a typical panel, 17% of all incident solar energy is converted directly to usable electricity. This is quite impressive for a device that has no moving parts and can generate power at the location where the electricity is required (no transmission losses). It is no wonder that PV is already one of the cheapest power technologies available


Developing A More Efficient Solar Cell

May 30th, 2016 | by Roy L Hales

Originally published on the ECOreport. The electricity produced by current PV solar installations is not adequate for Germany’s targeted energy transformation. [&hellip



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