Science & Technology

US Energy Department invests a further $45 million to cut solar costs


The US Department of Energy (DOE) will award $45 million in new funding to support the development of innovative solar manufacturing... read more

Natcore develops laser processed all-back-contact solar cell


Scientists at US thin-film technology company Natcore Technology Inc. have successfully used their proprietary advances in laser... read more

ABB to open PV testing facility in Masdar


UAE-based Masdar Institute of Science and Technology and Swiss-Swedish power and automation technologies group ABB will jointly... read more

Fraunhofer ISE tests hybrid storage solution


The SmartEnergy Lab at German research institute Fraunhofer ISE has successfully tested a new concept it calls »hybrid storage.« The... read more

Andalay Solar and Hyundai Heavy Industries announce technology partnership


US PV system provider Andalay Solar Inc. has entered a technology partnership with Korean industrial group Hyundai Heavy Industries Co.... read more

Solar Impulse to start round-the-world flight in February


Swiss-Swedish power and automation technologies group ABB and solar-powered airplane Solar Impulse, which formed a technology... read more

IRENA launches online knowledge platform for renewable energy


The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has launched REsource, a free web portal where users can find the latest data and... read more

Trina unveils two new high-efficiency modules


Chinese module manufacturer Trina Solar Ltd. has launched two new high-efficiency modules, the 275 W Honey Plus (PC05A (II))... read more

SMA launches new battery inverters for small-size PV systems


German inverter manufacturer SMA Solar Technology AG has launched the SMA Sunny Island 3.0M and the Sunny Island 4.4M, two battery... read more

4Jet Technology introduces new tool for drilling holes in solar glass


Germany-based 4Jet Technologies GmbH, which supplies laser systems to the PV and automotive industries, has launched a new product for... read more