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UNSW team achieves new solar PV efficiency record of 34.5%

May 21, 2016
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A University of NSW team led by Professor Martin Green and Dr Mark Keevers has reported a new world efficiency record for solar cells using unfocused sunlight – the sort that falls on the rooftop solar modules on homes and businesses. The new record is more than 10 per cent ahead of previous achievements – […]

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German study predicts that cheapest electricity will come from solar by 2050

February 26, 2015
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Solar PV will be the cheapest form of power within a decade, and cost less than $US0.02/kWh by 2050, a major German study has predicted.The study, by Berlin-based think tank Agora Energiewende, says that the end to cost reductions from solar plants is “not in sight”, even after falling more than 80 per cent in […]

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IMEC sets new efficiency record with industrially sized n-type solar cell

July 18, 2014
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IMEC, a Belgian institute renowned for microelectronics research, have produced an industrially‑sized 21.5% efficient n‑type solar cell. This result represents the highest efficiency achieved for cells of its kind and is another step towards greater adoption of n-type solar cells. N-type solar cells improve on the current state-of-the-art by allowing for better overall material quality […]

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Dark times for PV may mean good things for Australian solar industry

June 17, 2014
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Natcore Technology has taken one step towards enabling the commercial production of its low‑cost black silicon solar cells by conducting batch testing at one of the world’s largest photovoltaic manufacturers, in China’s Hunan province. This marks the first time Natcore has tested its proprietary black silicon technology on a commercial production line. The black silicon […]

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Midsummer achieves record 16.2% production efficiency for CIGS on stainless steel

May 27, 2014
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Stainless steel is not something one typically associates with solar cells, but Swedish solar equipment manufacturer, Midsummer, is hoping to change that soon. Midsummer, a thin film equipment supplier, recently achieved a new efficiency record of 16.2% for Copper Indium Gallium Sulphide (CIGS) cells prepared on a stainless steel substrate. The record efficiency was achieved […]

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AVANCIS achieves record thin-film module efficiency of 16.6% using CIS technology

February 25, 2014
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Riding on the back of recent advances in research, copper-indium-selenide (CIS) technology has received a shot in the arm with a new record efficiency – this time with commercial implications. AVANCIS, the fifth largest thin-film panel manufacturer, recently achieved a new world record efficiency of 16.6% on its CIS panels, which were independently confirmed by […]

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Market share for anti-reflection coated glass to reach 75% in 2014

February 3, 2014
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With anti-reflection coatings on module glass promising gains of up to 3% or more in module efficiency, the glass industry is predicting an increasing uptake (PDF) of anti-reflection coating among PV module manufacturers. While the quest to improve cell technology has received a lot of attention and R&D dollars, losses at the module level have largely been ignored by the PV […]

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Higher potential efficiencies in thin film PV with new CIS material

January 29, 2014
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Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Texas, Austin have developed a new, inexpensive material for thin-film photovoltaics that is able to capture light more effectively than standard silicon solar cells – potentially enabling higher energy conversion efficiencies. Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin Tweet about it Print […]

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Breakthrough at UNSW could make solar panels cheaper, more efficient

May 8, 2013
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A research team at the University of New South Wales’ ARC Photovoltaics Center of Excellence, led by Professor Stuart Wenham, has made a major breakthrough in silicon solar photovoltaic (PV) cell technology which could both reduce the cost of having a solar system installed as well as increase power yield in systems. Recommend on Facebook […]

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Monocrystalline vs Polycrystalline Solar Panels: Busting Myths

March 27, 2012

One of the most common comments that the Solar Choice Energy Brokering team hear from our customers relates to the issue of monocrystalline vs polycrystalline (or ‘multicrystalline’) solar panels. Although monocrystalline panels had the initial advantage of being seen as the superior technology in the Australian market, as time goes on and both technologies improve, […]

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Types of solar inverter efficiency

August 8, 2011
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        There are three numbers you will come across when considering purchasing a solar inverter based on its efficiency: peak efficiency, Euro (η) efficiency, and CEC efficiency. Which one is most important when considering which inverter to buy? Many people look only at peak efficiency, but the truth is that this number […]

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