thin-film solar Articles

  • Modelling of thin–film tandem solar cells

    Numerical modelling of thin–film tandem solar cells is investigated using PC–1D program. The program is adapted to simulate the performance of multi–junction solar cells. Cadmium–zinc telluride (Cd0.6Zn0.4Te) is chosen as an absorber layer material for the wide band gap top cell and copper indium diselenide ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Walmart turning to thin-film solar for new installations

    Walmart (Bentonville, AR) announced that it plans to expand its renewable energy development initiatives through the adoption of thin-film solar technology at a number of its solar power development sites. The company is in the process of adding solar generating systems at 20 to 30 facilities in California and Arizona, and many of these sites will feature thin-film technology, the ...

  • Top industry experts set to gather at Thin Film Summit in Berlin

    PV Insider announce that ‘Busting the Myths’ will be the main focal point of the 4th Annual Thin Film Solar Summit Europe (5-6th March 2012, Berlin), helping to steer the thin film industry out of confusion and fear towards reality and promise. 2011 proved to be a turbulent year for the European thin film industry, with big names going bust, consolidation of the market, ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • For cheaper solar photovoltaic systems

    It is known for several decades, photovoltaic devices that exploit the sun's energy to convert into electricity used to provide a sustainable alternative - and potentially unlimited - the use of fossil fuels. So why these solar technologies have they not been adopted more widely? Simply “because they are too expensive," said Ji-Seon Kim, professor of Solid Physics at Imperial College of ...


    By Greenshine New Energy LLC

  • Solar Photovoltaic System in Kaimakli case study

    Location: Kaimakli, Nicosia Size: 2.97 kWp Annual generation: 5062 kWh CO2 savings per year : 4.5 tonnes The Problem Mr Michael wanted urgently to cut his high annual electricity costs for his 4-family house in Nicosia. Taking advantage of the area’s high sunshine hours and the government’s Net metering scheme for solar photovoltaic system installations ...


    By C.A.S. Energy Ltd

  • Eco-Brella: prototype development of the umbrella as harvester of solar and wind energies

    The familiar umbrella has been redesigned for power harvesting from renewable energy sources resulting in the Eco-Brella . Several engineering technologies are utilised: aerodynamics for fin design, mechatronics for power management, materials for thermoelectric and solar film, CAD for the layout, and heat transfer for human comfort. The result is a sustainable design capable of harvesting ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Full factory automation

    Spire Corporation is a global solar company and the leading supplier of turnkey solar factories and equipment to manufacture photovoltaic modules worldwide. With over 40 years and $100 million in R+D and PV, Spire’s unique experience and technical depth puts Spire in a unique position to ensure the success of our customers. Applying expertise in materials technologies across all product ...


    By Spire Solar

  • Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) Market Growth Research 2013-2019

    Building Integrated Solar photovoltaic (BIPV) systems utilize building integrated solar panels to generate electricity, by transforming solar radiations into electrical energy. The energy generated has wide applications in several sectors including residential, commercial and industrial sectors. The major advantage of the BIPV is decentralization from grid power. View Full ...


  • Spi-Sun simulator sets the standard

    Solar Simulators are critical to the industry testing photovoltaic modules featuring light sources that closely match the solar spectrum. Spire’s simulators can test the full range of solar modules – including crystalline or thin film. The importance of solar simulation is clear – solar modules must be tested under a standard set of conditions to assure consistency of results. ...


    By Spire Solar

  • Photovoltaic Applications and Policy Initiatives

    Issue: The world photovoltaic (PV) market has grown significantly in recent years. Although this trend is expected to continue in the future, estimates cannot be given with any real certainty. Relevance: In this context the question that arises is the role that public and private funding plays in market development and how this funding should be used to ensure the best results. Although current ...


    By Atlantis Technologies LLC

  • Photovoltaics: Basic Design Principles and Components

    If you are thinking of generating your own electricity, you should consider a photovoltaic (PV) system—a way to generate electricity by using energy from the sun. These systems have several advantages: they are cost-effective alternatives in areas where extending a utility power line is very expensive; they have no moving parts and require little maintenance; and they produce electricity ...

  • Test Sites And Testing of 3-Sun Mirror Modules

    ABSTRACT The demand for solar photovoltaic cells and modules has far outstripped PV cell supply and module prices are rising. To solve this problem. JX Crystals is developing a 3-sun mirror module that uses 1/3 the cell area to triple module production at a lower cost. Our concentrator module design uses existing planar cells. We simply cut standard SunPower A300 cells into thirds. In ...


    By JX Crystals

  • Research team in PCM storage breakthrough

    Storage tanks at Valle 1 and 2, in Cadiz, Spain. Image courtesy of Sener.   Researchers in Catalunya have modelled a radical new PCM storage design that could deliver a 74 % thermal capacity efficiency with 32 % less salt than a traditional ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • How do Photovoltaic Cells Actually Work?

    Solar power is an abundant renewable source that could be the solution to our future energy needs, but just how does a solar array produce the electricity that powers our lives? The short answer is that, through a solar panel, photons (light particles) are able to knock electrons off atoms and this causes a flow of electricity. The long ...


    By Institut für Solartechnik

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