Concentrated Photovoltaics

Researchers Create Solar Cells That Collect Blue Photons at 30 Times the Concentration of Conventional Solar Cells

Scientists with Berkeley Lab and the University of Illinois combined quantum dot light emitters with spectrally matched photonic mirrors to create blue light collecting solar cells. These special solar cells reportedly collect blue photons at 30 times the concentration of conventional solar cells, the highest luminescent concentration factor ever. The …

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Solar Junction Announces Development Plans for 4J Space Cell Product

Solar Junction announced an ambitious plan to become the leading provider of solar cells for space power applications. The company claims to offer the highest efficiency commercially available multi-junction solar cell for terrestrial concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) applications. Solar Junction says it is rapidly developing a fully lattice-matched, four-junction (4J) space …

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UNSW Achieves 40 Percent Conversion Efficiency with Splitting Concentrator Solar System

UNSW’s solar researchers report having achieved over 40% conversion efficiency with its splitting concentrator solar system. The conversion efficiency is the highest efficiency ever reported for such a system. The efficiency record was achieved in outdoor tests in Sydney. Subsequently, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) independently confirmed the result …

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European Cooperative Achieves Record 46 Percent Efficiency with Multi-junction Solar Cell

Soitec, CEA-Leti of France and the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Germany, have developed a multi-junction solar cell that converts a world record 46 percent of solar light into electricity. The Japanese AIST (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology) a center for independent verification of …

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Emcore to Sell Space Photovoltaic Business to Veritas Capital Affiliate

Emcore Corporation based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, announced that it has signed a definitive agreement with a Veritas Capital affiliate. According to Emcore, an affiliate of Veritas Capital has agreed to purchase its Space Photovoltaics business for $150 million in cash.  The transaction is subject to approval of Emcore shareholders …

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New World Record for Concentrator Photovoltaics 36.7 Percent for New Solar Module Using Multi-Junction Solar Cells

The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE employed their newest CPV module technology, known as Flatcon, which uses Frensnel lenses to focus sunlight onto small solar cells. The researchers of Freiburg, Germany, announced a world record module efficiency of 36.7 %. The team adapting the concentrating lens to a new solar …

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Invenergy Acquires Shovel-Ready Desert Green Solar Project from Soitec Solar Development

Bernin (GRENOBLE), France — Soitec Solar Development, LLC (“Soitec”) announced today that Invenergy Solar Development LLC (“Invenergy”) has acquired Soitec’s 7 MWp (5 MWAC) Desert Green Solar Farm LLC (“Desert Green”) energy generation project in Borrego Springs, California. Desert Green will be located approximately 90 miles from the City of …

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Soitec Begins Construction of CPV Power Plant in Portugal

Soitec of Bernin, France, announced that a group of investors has completed financing and started construction of a 1.3-MWp concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) power plant in Portugal. The investors include a large European energy supplier, the largest Portuguese installer of electrical grid infrastructure and the largest Portuguese Foundation. The CPV solar …

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