Agrophotovoltaics Increases the Land Use Efficiency by over 60 Percent

Until now, acreage was designated for either photovoltaics or photosynthesis, that is, to generate electricity or grow crops. An agrophotovoltaics (APV) pilot project near Lake Constance in Germany, however, has now demonstrated that both uses are compatible. Dual use of land is resource efficient, reduces competition for land and additionally opens up a new source of income for farmers.

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Fraunhofer ISE’s mini-module achieves new world record efficiency of 43.4 %

After announcing their world record solar cell two years ago, Fraunhofer ISE now reports that they have just achieved a new highest efficiency on the module level.  A mini-module comprised of four-junction solar cells reached a newly confirmed world record of 43.4 percent.

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