High Efficiency Solar

Natcore Technology and Rice University Researchers Claim First Fabrication of Flexible Thin Film Solar Cell with Solution Process

Scientists of Natcore Technology Inc. of Red Bank, New Jersey USA, in collaboration with researchers at Rice University in Houston, successfully fabricated an inorganic flexible thin film solar cell by solution process. The development was reported in a recent issue of Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. (Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2013,15, …

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Spectrolab Multi-junction Solar Cell Achieves 37.8 Percent Efficiency Without Solar Concentration

Spectrolab of Sylmar, California, reports that its solar cell recently set a world record by converting more energy from the sun into electricity than any other ground-based solar cell without solar concentration. The Boeing subsidiary achieved in 37.8 percent efficiency with its new class of ground-based multi-junction solar cells. The …

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U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium and NREL Collaborate to Develop Thin Film PV Cells and Modules

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (PVMC) have agreed to improve manufacturing of solar cells, including thin film, advanced silicon, and future materials. These national partnerships are modeled after the research from not-for-profit consortium, Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology (SEMATECH) and the College of Nanoscale Science and …

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Alta Devices Achieves 30.8% Efficiency Record with Dual Junction Solar Cell Technology

Alta Devices reported that it has reached 30.8% solar cell efficiency with the company’s new dual junction solar cell. This new NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) verified record has resulted from the company’s first implementation of a solar cell technology that uses a combination of a gallium arsenide (GaAs) base …

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Emcore Solar Panels Power the Orbital-Built LDCM Satellite

Emcore Corporation of Albuequerque, New Mexico USA, announced that its compound semiconductor-based BTJ triple-junction solar panels are powering the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) satellite. The LDCM satellite was successfully launched on February 11, 2013 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Orbital Sciences Corporation designed, built and tested the …

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Emcore Awarded DOD Contract

Emcore Corp. of Albuquerque, New Mexico USA, was awarded a $7,364,902 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the Advanced Multi-Junction Space Cell Producibility Program.  The project is to be conducted in at the company’s Albuquerque facility.  Work is expected to be completed by April 13, 2018.  The company was contracted through the U.S.Department …

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Flisom Raises Funds for Flexible CIGS Production Plant

Swiss thin-film CIGS manufacturer, Flisom, has raised funds to further develop its technology and build a roll-to-roll production plant with an annual capacity of 15MW in Switzerland. Besides securing financial backing, Flisom signed an agreement with Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, to provide research and …

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STMicroelectronics and University of Amsterdam Faculty of Science Cooperate on Bird Tracking Device

STMicroelectronics of Geneva and the University of Amsterdam (UvA) Faculty of Science have announced that a sophisticated bird-tracking system developed by the university is using advanced MEMS sensing technology from ST. The device weighs as little as a 20 euro cent coin or a US quarter and is smaller than …

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Emcore Corporation Delivers 1 Millionth Solar Cell to Space Systems/Loral

Emcore Corporation of Albuquerque, New Mexico USA, announced that it recently delivered its 1 millionth high-efficiency, multi-junction solar cell to Space Systems/Loral (SS/L). In total Emcore will have delivered more than a megawatt of power into spa…

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