Solar and Concentrated PV

DOE Awards Stion Grant of About $1 Million

Stion is among the grant winners from the US Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative Program, which intends to drive down the cost of solar electricity and support solar adoption. The DOE awarded the start-up company based in Hattiesburg, Missouri, USA a $956,630 grant. In parallel with work done at Colorado …

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Sol Voltaics Raises $21.3 Million in Funding Round

Swedish firm Sol Voltaics reports that it has raised $21.3 million. The company claims that this amount is the largest amount of financing a European solar technology company has raised since 2015. This latest funding includes new investment from Norwegian company Watrium AS, along with previous investors Kagra Gruppen AS, …

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Alta Devices and Power Oasis Partner on Battery and Solar UAV Reference Design

Alta Devices of Sunnyvale, California USA and PowerOasis of Swindon, UK are partnering to develop a reference design to integrate solar and lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery power systems for small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). According to the companies, the UAV reference design will combine the hybrid power systems expertise of Power …

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CIGS Company Siva Power Adds $25 in Funding

Siva Power of Santa Clara, California USA, a fabricator of CIGS thin-film solar technology, reported the closing of a $25 million funding round. The company says it intends to use the funding to build out its pilot production line and develop the company’s CIGS solar module business. The $25 million …

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Iodide-Missing Defects Found to Degrade Perovskites

Perovskites have shown great promise for making flexible and cheap solar cells. However, so far researchers have been unable to overcome one big issue, they degrade rapidly in natural conditions. In fact, exposure of perovskites to natural conditions greatly decreases their performance in just days. However, scientists from Imperial College, London …

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