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Module Evolution: What big-time PV improvements will boost panel efficiency?

Module Evolution: What big-time PV improvements will boost panel efficiency?

October 2, 2017 at 9:48 am 0 comments

The solar industry is forever in need of constant innovation and scientific breakthrough. Even now, with PV capacity reaching record highs, prices continuing to fall and efficiencies inching up, more innovation is needed. A lot more. (Not to mention whatever fallout is felt in the module market following the SectionRead More

Solar system costs continued to fall across all sectors in first quarter 2017 (utility leading)

Solar system costs continued to fall across all sectors in first quarter 2017 (utility leading)

September 18, 2017 at 4:19 pm 0 comments

The installed cost of solar power fell to record lows in the first quarter of 2017 because of the continuing decline in photovoltaic (PV) module and inverter prices, higher module efficiency, and lower labor costs, according to an analysis by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy LaboratoryRead More

Three ways solar energy is being underrated (and why this needs to change)

Three ways solar energy is being underrated (and why this needs to change)

September 6, 2017 at 9:02 am 0 comments

The solar industry always seems to be on the defensive politically, needing to constantly prove its worth on the grid compared to other electricity generating technologies. This makes some sense, being the newest kid on the block and requiring changes to “the way things have always been done,” but moreRead More

Renewable energy project in Colorado draws interest from Department of Energy

Renewable energy project in Colorado draws interest from Department of Energy

July 24, 2017 at 9:36 am Comments are Disabled

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is partnering with Panasonic Corporation and Xcel Energy to simulate and optimize the energy load profile of Peña Station NEXT, a planned 382-acre mixed-use development in Denver, Colo. The project will employ the grid modeling capabilities of NREL’s EnergyRead More

NREL improves Perovskite thin-film solar cell production scalability

NREL improves Perovskite thin-film solar cell production scalability

May 16, 2017 at 7:16 am Comments are Disabled

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) developed a new perovskite ink with a long processing window that allows the scalable production of perovskite thin films for high-efficiency solar cells. Proven highly efficient at converting sunlight into electricity, perovskite solar cells have yet toRead More

Large solar installers offer higher PV system quotes than average, says NREL study

Large solar installers offer higher PV system quotes than average, says NREL study

April 26, 2017 at 8:38 am Comments are Disabled

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) looked at the PV installer landscape of the country to glean information on how installer size affects solar system pricing. The results of the study (you can read the whole thing here) indicate that the larger installers (think Solar City) that take up mostRead More

SMA system selected for pilot storage program at NREL facility

SMA system selected for pilot storage program at NREL facility

April 19, 2017 at 10:35 am Comments are Disabled

Renewable Energy Systems (RES) will utilize SMA technology for a 1 MW battery pilot project at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) National Wind Technology Center (NWTC), the nation’s premier wind energy technology research facility. Using the proven RESolve energy storage system, the project will testRead More

PV breakthrough: Thin-film solar cells can now be mapped in 3-D as they absorb photons

PV breakthrough: Thin-film solar cells can now be mapped in 3-D as they absorb photons

November 17, 2016 at 9:30 am Comments are Disabled

Next-generation solar cells made of super-thin films of semiconducting material hold promise because they’re relatively inexpensive and flexible enough to be applied just about anywhere. Researchers are working to dramatically increase the efficiency at which thin-film solar cells convert sunlight to electricity. But it’s a tough challenge, partly because aRead More

Solar system costs continue to fall in U.S. in 2016

Solar system costs continue to fall in U.S. in 2016

September 29, 2016 at 8:22 am Comments are Disabled

The way forward for the solar industry is still through proving its economic value, a big part of which is driving down costs. And for as many costs that have already been cut out of a system install the last few years, a new report shows that the downward trendRead More

World experts think global PV installations hit 3 TW by 2030

World experts think global PV installations hit 3 TW by 2030

April 4, 2016 at 10:30 am Comments are Disabled

Scientists from the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), along with their counterparts from solar energy research institutes in Germany and Japan, gathered recently to discuss the future of photovoltaics (PV) and assess its contributions to increasing global prosperity, energy security and mitigation of climate change. Discussions centered onRead More

 
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