Solar and Concentrated PV

DOE Awards Ascent Solar TCF Grants for Two Solar Projects

Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. a developer of flexible CIGs thin-film photovoltaic (PV) solutions based in Thornton, Colorado, reported that U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), supported by the Office of Technology Transitions (OTT) Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF) selected the company for two exclusive development projects. TCF funds require a 50 percent …

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CubeSat Powered with Alta Devices Solar Cells

Twiggs Space Lab, LLC (TSL), NearSpace Launch, Inc. (NSL) and their launch logistics partner, NanoRacks LLC (NanoRacks) employed solar cells from Alta Devices on a successful CubeSat mission. CubeSats (satellites weighing less than 15kg) were first developed to allow university students to participate in space research. Now, the CubeSat standard …

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HyperSolar Granted Australian Patent for Hydrogen Production Technology

HyperSolar, Inc. a Santa Barbara, California-based developer of technology that produces renewable hydrogen, using sunlight and any source of water, reported that the Australian government awarded the company a patent. The patent entitled “Multi-junction artificial photosynthetic cell with enhanced photovoltages” issued as Patent No. 2015231504 is jointly owned by HyperSolar …

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Imec Perovskite/Silicon Tandem Cell Achieves 27.1 Percent Efficiency

Belgian-based research and innovation hub Imec, within the partnership of EnergyVille, reported that its Perovskite/silicon tandem photovoltaic cell achieved a power conversion efficiency of 27.1 percent. This result beats the most efficient standalone silicon solar cell. imec researchers speculate that further engineering of the Perovskite material could bring efficiencies of …

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