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Research shows promising breakthrough for high-efficiency solar panels from low grade silicon

High-Efficiency Solar Panels Made From Low-Grade Silicon

This is what a group of researchers at the University of New South Wales in Australia (UNSW) have been working on for some time. They`ve found a method that allows them to produce high-efficiency solar panels from low-grade silicon, which in the long run could help us bring the prices of solar down. Professor Stuart Wenham from the School of…

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More efficiency is possible using quantum dot solar cell technology

Quantum Dot Solar Cells Show Promising Results

Conventional solar cells capture photons in sunlight and turn it into electricity. This is also true for solar cells that use quantum dots as the photovoltaic material, but with quantum dots, it`s actually possible to harvest “lost” energy that otherwise would end up as heat. This feature is promising to improve overall conversion efficiency of solar cells, which in turn will…

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Why Germany Owns 1/3 of the World`s Photovoltaics

According to Global Market Outlook for Photovoltaics until 2016 (EPIA, 2011), about 36 percent of the total worldwide photovoltaic capacity is installed in Germany. Apart from Italy at 18 percent, the rest of the world is far behind. The United States is sitting at a mediocre 5th place with 6 percent of the total capacity. Why is it that Germany…

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NIST has developed new procedures to better test solar panels

Better Testing for Solar Panels

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed a new process to test the performance of solar panels. It involves 32 different LEDs, each one generating their part of the spectrum of sunlight, and other equipment that measures the wavelength-dependent quantum efficiency. The new testing system will be used in two ways. The first is to run every…

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