Daily Archives: February 5, 2013

70% Efficient Solar Cells Possible Using Silicon BC8

Researchers at the University of California (UC), Davis state an exotic form of silicon could produce major gains in solar cell efficiency. When a particle of light hits a silicon crystal, it generates a negatively charged electron and a positively … Continue reading

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Empa achieves record 20.4% efficiency for flexible thin film

Scientists at Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, have developed thin film solar cells on flexible polymer foils with a new record efficiency of 20.4% for converting sunlight into electricity. Empa said the cells are based … Continue reading

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Solar Panel defect rates of 20% seen by Solar Panel Auditors

A worldwide glut of solar panels has slashed prices and made the technology affordable to more people than ever before. But that glut could be prompting some panel manufacturers to cut corners. SolarBuyer, a company that audits solar factories, has … Continue reading

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Quality issues threaten to give solar a black eye: Is your project a victim

Nearly one-fifth of installed capacity within the California Solar Initiative in 2008 was supplied by a manufacturer no longer producing modules. A University of Arizona study found annual degradation levels of 1.7% on 1,900 modules in the field for three … Continue reading

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