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Fraunhofer ISE teamed with SCHMID on lower cost BIPV modules

The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE has teamed with PV manufacturing equipment specialist, SCHMID Group on lower cost BIPV modules that could reduce production costs by as much as 35%. Within the ‘BIPV-Fab’ project, which was partially being funded by the funded by the German Federal Ministry for …

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Sterling and Wilson launches hybrid and energy storage division

India-based EPC firm Sterling and Wilson has forayed into hybrid power plants and energy storage solutions and is already in advanced discussions for its first such projects in Africa and Europe. To date, the company, which is targeting 1GWh of global hybrid deployment, has worked on EPC for a cumulative portfolio …

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Indian PM to invite UK to join International Solar Alliance

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi will visit the UK on 18 April during which he will welcome the European country to join the International Solar Alliance (ISA) as its newest member. Following an invitation to London by prime minister Theresa May, Modi said: “My visit to London presents another opportunity …

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A whispering gallery for light boosts solar cells

Trapping light with an optical version of a whispering gallery, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a nanoscale coating for solar cells that enables them to absorb about 20 percent more sunlight than uncoated devices. The coating, applied with a technique that could be …

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Double perovskites in environmentally friendly solar cells

A further step has been taken along the road to manufacturing solar cells from lead-free perovskites. High quality films based on double perovskites, which show promising photovoltaic properties, have been developed in collaboration between Linkoping University, Sweden, and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Research groups around the world have recognised …

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