Science & Technology

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

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

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

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

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

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

PHOTON module yield measurement data for January is now online


The results of the PHOTON module yield measurements are updated monthly and are immediately available online. The analysis for the month... read more

Altatech partners with Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin to develop next-gen cell technology


French semiconductor production system provider Altatech Semiconductor, a subsidiary of Soitec SA, and German research center Helmholtz-... read more

Tesla's so-called Gigafactory could lead to cheaper solar energy storage solutions


In a letter to investors about Tesla Motors’ 2013 financial results, Tesla Chairman and CEO Elon Musk says the company plans to build a... read more