Thin-film Solar Articles

  • Solar Cell Thin Film Analysers from Hiden Analytical

    Solar cell thin film analysers are used to facilitate research and development (R&D) into novel photovoltaic architectures by monitoring the processing conditions for epitaxial deposition of photovoltaic materials. These growth methods cover a range of advanced techniques, such as plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition (PECVD) and radio frequency sputtering, which are used to generate a ...


    By Hiden Analytical Ltd.

  • Case study - Future Business Centre - Cambridge

    System kWp: 4.6 Area: 57 m sq Inverter: Aurora Modules Used: PS-A opaque, PS-C transparent Double Glazed Unit (DGU) Polysolar was requested to provide the PV glazing for the stairwell curtain walling and the decorative rainscreen cladding. This saw the first truly transparent curtain wall elements employed in the UK and a BREEAM rating of Excellent. ...


    By Polysolar Limited

  • Will we ever stop using fossil fuels?

    Not without a carbon tax, suggests a study by an MIT economist. In recent years, proponents of clean energy have taken heart in the falling prices of solar and wind power, hoping they will drive an energy revolution. But a new study co-authored by an MIT professor suggests otherwise: Technology-driven cost reductions in fossil fuels will lead us to continue using all ...

  • Look what’s cooking in the world of renewable energy

    The solar and wind innovations that got us where we are today — and those waiting in the wings — point to a hopeful future. Inside a sprawling single-story office building in Bedford, Mass., in a secret room known as the Growth Hall, the future of solar power is cooking at more than 2,500 °F. Behind closed ...


    By Ensia

  • In situ indium–induced crystallisation of low temperature nano–poly silicon (LTNPS) thin film on ITO glass substrate

    For the first time, the low temperature nano–poly silicon (LTNPS) thin films were formed on indium tin oxide (ITO) glass with a temperature of ∼200ºC using the in situ indium–induced crystallisation of the plasma enhanced CVD (PECVD) deposited a–Si. Compared with the conventional method for transfer of the PECVD formed amorphous structure to the nano–poly one, the technology features a low ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • 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

  • Solar`s Time to Rise and Shine.

    Photovoltaic efficiency records are being shattered, thanks to recent advances in materials science. Last month, a researcher at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colo., loaded a postage stamp–sized solar cell onto a tray and placed it under a high-intensity pulse solar simulator. The simulator flashed a 2.5 millisecond pulse of light, and 19 mirrors reflected the ...


    By Ensia

  • 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

  • New Antenna, merged with solar panels

    The EPFL researchers have managed to merge antennas and solar cells in a mixed device that promises unprecedented efficiency. It is a first step towards the development of more compact and lighter satellites, but also to the improvement of mobile communication systems used in case of disaster. Traditionally, telecommunication antennas and solar cells do not mix. They must function independently ...


    By Greenshine New Energy LLC

  • The comparison of several silicon solar cells

    The solar cell is also known as the "solar chip", it is a kind of photoelectric semiconductor wafer that works by solar energy. Solar energy refers to solar radiation energy. Since the formation of the earth, organism mainly light and heat, provided by the sun to survive, and as a method of food preservation, such as salt and salted fish. But nowadays, the ...


    By Greenshine New Energy LLC

  • Solar Panels

    The Customer The Company is a worldwide developer, manufacturer, and distributor of solar electricity panels. The Process The Company uses a multiple zone conventional printing dryer for thin-film deposition onto solar cells. A special foil substrate is passed through rollers that transfer a proprietary ink formulation and epoxy adhesive ...

  • 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

  • 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

  • Scale up factory

    Spire Corporation is a leading global solar company providing turnkey solar factories and equipment to manufacture photovoltaic modules and cells. With over 40 years and $100 million in R+D and PV, our years of experience and technical depth put us in a unique position to ensure the success of our customers. Applying this expertise across all product lines, Spire has a rich heritage of utilizing ...


    By Spire Solar

  • Speakers at Thin Film Europe 2012 answer your crucial questions about the industry

    During our recent webinar on the future of thin film, your peers sent in countless questions about how this burgeoning technology will fare in 2012. So, we went away and asked our industry contacts and upcoming conference speakers – read on to see iSuppli & Solar Buzz respond to your questions on the future of Thin Film for 2012 and beyond. When should we expect the next round of ...


    By New Energy Update

  • Thin film investments and opportunity in India with the IFC

    Last week PV Insider spoke to Joseph Hudgins of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) about the drivers behind thin film investment decisions and how the Indian PV market can take off Ahead of his presentation at Thin Film USA (1-2 December, San Francisco), Joseph Hudgins, Principal Solar Scientist, Climate Business Group of the IFC, put a positive spin on a difficult year for the PV ...


    By New Energy Update

  • 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 New Energy Update

  • The clouds are breaking: The financier’s perspective of thin film post-Solyndra

    Peter Nieh, Managing Director of Lightspeed Ventures believes that the reaction to Solyndra’s bankruptcy was overblown – as their investment Stion goes from strength to strength. Amongst the doom and gloom of Solyndra’s collapse, a bright spot was seen in Mississippi earlier this month. Thin film start-up Stion cut the ribbon on its 100MW manufacturing factory in Hattiesburg and ...


    By New Energy Update

  • Water vapour permeation measurement for PV Solar Cell packaging

    With fears of carbon dioxide causing global warming and diminishing supplies of fossil fuels, a looming energy crisis is affecting all countries.  As a consequence, a great deal of world-wide effort is going into the development of alternative energy technologies.  At present, wind, hydro and geothermal are becoming well established with more niche roles for tidal and solar. The latter ...


    By Systech Instruments Ltd

  • Will solar development survive in North Africa and Middle East?

    In recent weeks the world has seen a dramatic change in the political structure in North Africa and Middle East. With all eyes of the world on the region the question remains what does the future economy hold and what does this mean for investment and the development of solar projects. On first impression you are lead to think that solar energy development has been put to the back burner as ...


    By New Energy Update

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