solar cells

Semprius intros ultra-thin solar cells that can be worn on t-shirts

May 21, 2009 / No Comments

A United States-based company is seeking to produce the tiniest solar cells ever made. Semprius, based in Durham, North Carolina, was inspired by research conducted by Professor John A Rogers and his team at the University of Illinois.

Taiwan’s Gintech, China’s Suntech Takes Aim at Japan

February 27, 2009 / No Comments

Japan says it is a leader in solar cell manufacturing. Taiwan and China want a piece of Japan's solar panel market, especially considering the onslaught of business that is expected. Meanwhile, a Taiwanese solar cell manufacturer Gintech Energy Corp. will supply Japanese companies this year on an OEM basis. Low-cost production is why Gintech hopes to sell 50,000kw to 75,000 kW worth ...

Solar Panel Competion Heating Up in Japan

February 27, 2009 / 1 Comment

With Tokyo expected to make buying surplus solar power at double the cost a requirement demand for solar panels is expected to climb in Japan. Image by richardmasoner Sharp Corp. and Kyocera Corp. are Japan's biggest solar cell manufacturers. However, Chinese, Taiwanese and other foreign solar cell makers are getting ready to enter the market in Japan. There is a 2nd International Photovoltaic ...

Indian Solar Cell Industry Suffers Due to Financial Crisis

January 27, 2009 / No Comments

 Not all is good news in the solar industry, and researchers are not helping ... Indian solar cell manufacturers were hanging out at the 18th International Photovoltaic Science and Engineering Conference & Exhibition. Yeah, they really do have conventions for this kind of thing. This one took place from Jan 19 to 23, 2009, in Kolkata, India. India's solar cell manufacturers all ...

Japanese Research Group Charges Home Appliances with DC Supply of Solar Power

December 22, 2008 / No Comments

A Japanese group was able to charge a Li-ion secondary battery with DC power generated by solar cells and supply it to home appliances without using AC conversion. The test was part of the Development Project of Energy-saving Technologies for Weak Energy Storage Type Eco House. The program was conducted by Japan's Ministry of the Environment with an aim of developing technologies ...

Europe Increases Demand for Solar Cells in 3Q

December 5, 2008 / No Comments

Business is bad? Where is business bad? Not in the solar cell industry is business bad. During the 3Q of this year, Japan's fiscal 2Q shipments of solar cells to the European Union grew 44% on the year in power capacity terms. It now reaches 304,500kW says the Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association. Europe accounted for 60% of all shipments. Exports to the ...

New Silicon Solar Cells – Flexible As Carpet

October 13, 2008 / No Comments

Solar cells which have been in use for sometime have a new generation of cells being developed by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and the Northern University. This new solar cell technology makes use of very minutely sliced silicon chips instead of the rigid plastic currently used in these cells. The solar cells which are nearly a ...

Solar Costs Down to $2 per Watt, IBM Claims

May 16, 2008 / 11 Comments

Silicon photovoltaic panels are the most expensive solar installations at the moment but things are about to change because IBM claimed they have the technology to reduce the cost of harnessing the Sun's energy for electricity, down to $2 / W. The company announced in a press release on Thursday, that using a large lens that concentrates power to around 2300x, ...

New Film Solar Panels Holds Efficiency Record of 19.9%

May 7, 2008 / No Comments

The efficiency of a solar panel is given by the percentage of the sun's light that is being turned into electricity. The US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) innovated a new thin film solar panel that just broke the world's efficiency record, reaching 19.9-percent. "The copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) thin-film solar cell recently reached 19.9 percent efficiency in testing at ...

Print Your Own Solar Cells on an Inkjet Printer

March 10, 2008 / 23 Comments

I am a big fan of solar cells and using them for a greener home, but we all know that investments to get solar energy are usually spicy and not everyone can afford. There is a solution though. Konarka Technologies, a company that builds low cost sources of renewable power affordable and universally available thinks we can print our own ...