Science & Technology

Canadian Solar opens microgrid testing center in Ontario


Chinese-Canadian solar company Canadian Solar Inc. (CSI) has officially opened its Canadian Solar Microgrid Testing Centre in Guelph,... read more

Imec announces 8.4% efficiency for fullerene-free organic solar cells


Belgian nanoelectronics research institute Imec announced it has developed a fullerene-free organic photovoltaic (OPV) multilayer stack... read more

Solar Impulse to start round-the-world flight in April 2015


The second iteration of solar-powered airplane Solar Impulse will start its first round-the-world flight in April 2015. According to a... read more

US and Colombia to hold first Solar Decathlon Latin America and Caribbean in 2015


Representatives from the US Department of Energy (DOE) and the Colombian Ministry of Energy and Mines have signed a memorandum of... read more

Stion records 23.2% efficiency for a CIGS thin-film cell


US thin-film solar module manufacturer Stion has recorded a conversion efficiency of 23.2% for a CIGS thin-film cell based on its... read more

Microinverters and DC optimizers capacity to reach 12.8 GW in 2020


Annual installations of microinverters and DC optimizers will grow from 1,185 MW in 2013 to 12,844 MW by 2020, according to a new report... read more

Trina and Australian National University develop IBC solar cell with 24.4% conversion efficiency


Researchers from Chinese solar manufacturer Trina Solar Ltd. and the Australian National University (ANU) have jointly developed a lab-... read more

IEA study shows that integration of wind and solar power requires little additional costs


A new study from the International Energy Agency (IEA) claims that integrating high shares – 30% or more of annual electricity... read more

SMA now offering inverters with battery backup function


Germany-based SMA Solar Technology AG (SMA) has added a battery backup function to its Sunny Island 6.0H and 8.0H battery inverters. The... read more

Alan Beale appointed to Georgia Solar Energy Association board


Swiss soalr inverter manufacturer Sputnik Engineering AG, which operates under the SolarMax brand, announced that Alan Beale, general... read more