These are some solar news items I came across today that might interest some of you.
Shell Solar tops efficiency record for thin film PV modules
November 1, 2005 - Shell Solar recently achieved a record 13.5% light to electricity conversion efficiency for it's leading thin film CIS (Copper-Indium-Diselenide) photovoltaic technology. This proves that the performance of thin film technology can be at least as good as that demonstrated by many traditional crystalline silicon products available in the market place today. The result was independently verified by the TUV Rheinland Group in Cologne, Germany based on a 30 x 30cm sized module.
SOLON to Construct Multi Megawatt Solar Power System
November 2, 2005 - Berlin based, solar module manufaturer SOLON AG has received an order from GEOSOL Gesellschaft für Solarenergie mbH, Berlin, to build a 3.4 Megawatt solar power system. The station will be equipped with SOLON Movers, photovoltaic systems from SOLON AG that automatically tilt and rotate during the day to directly face the sun at all times. More at solarbuzz
Nanotechnology Center Makes Flexible Solar Cell Breakthrough
November 7, 2005 - Researchers at Wake Forest, with the help of researchers at New Mexico State University, have achieved an efficiency rate for organic solar cells of almost 6 percent. In order to be considered a viable technology, the solar cells must be able to convert about 10 percent of the energy in sunlight to electricity. Wake Forest researchers hope to reach 10 percent by October 2006, said David Carroll, director of the nanotechnology center at Wake Forest. More at newswise
Sharp Corporation Raises Solar Cell Production Capacity
November 2, 2005 - In plans announced on Monday, Sharp Corporation said that the company will boost the solar cell production capacity of its Katsuragi plant in Nara Prefecture. The company's annual production capacity is being increased to 500 Megawatts, which represents an additional 85 Megawatts on previous plans.
Flexible Solar Cells on Polymer Foil Reach 14.1% Efficiency
November 4, 20005 - The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) has set a new record for thin film solar cells on plastic (polyimide) foil. The research team of Professor Ayodhya Nath Tiwari, Dr. Dominik Rudmann and David Bremaud developed polycrystalline thin films solar cells of Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (called CIGS) on very thin polyimide foils at the Thin Film Physics Group, Laboratory for Solid State Physics, ETH Zurich. A multilayer structure of about 4 micron thickness was grown with a combination of thin film deposition methods. More at solarbuzz