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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How to sail through space on sunbeams – solar satellite leads the way

by Matteo Ceriotti, University of Glasgow

A new kind of spacecraft that sails on sunlight has just been successfully deployed above Earth. The LightSail satellite overcame last week a series of glitches to unfurl its solar sails, a propulsion system that’s entirely different to traditional rockets, thrusters or even solar panels.

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Solar Energy Research Center Officially Opened in Santiago de Chile

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is investing in a new solar research center in South America. The aim of the new Fraunhofer Center for Solar Energy Technologies, founded by the Fraunhofer Chile Research Foundation and located in Santiago de Chile, is to better exploit the solar energy potential in the sun-rich country, thereby reducing the dependence on fossil fuels. With particular emphasis on regional implementation, the focus shall be on the further development of solar thermal and photovoltaic technologies and applications with partners from research and industry.

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Black Silicon Solar Cells Reach Record-Breaking 22.1% Efficiency

Aalto University’s researchers in Finland  together with Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Spain have obtained the record-breaking efficiency of 22.1% on nanostructured silicon solar cells as certified by Fraunhofer ISE CalLab.

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CSIRO installs solar thermal plant for Cyprus Institute to undertake joint solar research

Australia’s CSIRO scientists have designed and installed a solar field in Cyprus which places the island nation at the frontier of solar energy research in Europe.

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