Tags: National Renewable Energy Laboratory

NREL Analysis Presents Two Potential Paths to Meeting Residential Solar Cost Reduction Targets for 2030

Leveraging cost-reduction opportunities in the roof replacement or new construction markets for residential photovoltaic (PV) installations could help the United States meet the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) residential solar photovoltaic cost target by 2030, according to new research from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The NREL analysis presents […]

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SolarWindow Creates New Record with 34% Increase over Its Previous Electricity-Generating Glass

The company estimates that the market for SolarWindow glass products for tall towers and skyscrapers represents a $100 billion opportunity. SolarWindow Technologies has announced that it has set a new company performance record for power efficiency with a 34 percent increase in performance over previous generations of its transparent electricity-generating glass. This announcement is based […]

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Smart Grids Overcome Renewable Energy Variability and Uncertainty

Smart grids—modernized networks that enable bidirectional flows of energy and use two-way communication and control capabilities, and “distributed generation”— will address the variability and uncertainty of RE without utilities having to add to their conventional Renewable Energy (RE, which includes hydro, biomass, and geothermal as well as the more familiar photovoltaic (PV) and wind) faces […]

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Perovskite Solar Cells Achieve New Efficiency Breakthrough Says Research

A new study from researchers at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the University of Texas at Austin reveals information about how perovskite solar cells degrade, which could enable improvements in performance and durability. Highly efficient at converting sunlight to electricity, perovskite solar cells have emerged as a revolutionary new […]

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Scientists Elevate Quantum Dot Solar Cell World Record

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) established a new world efficiency record for quantum dot solar cells, at 13.4 percent. Colloidal quantum dots are electronic materials and because of their astonishingly small size (typically 3-20 nanometers in dimension) they possess fascinating optical properties. Quantum dot solar cells emerged […]

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NREL Develops Switchable Solar Window

Demonstration device dynamically responds to sunlight by transforming from transparent to tinted while converting sunlight into electricity. Thermochromic windows capable of converting sunlight into electricity at a high efficiency have been developed by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Relying on such advanced materials as perovskites and single-walled carbon […]

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Non-toxic Alternative for Next-Gen Solar Cells

Researchers have demonstrated how a non-toxic alternative to lead could form the basis of next-generation solar cells. The team of researchers, from the University of Cambridge and the United States, have used theoretical and experimental methods to show how bismuth — the so-called “green element” which sits next to lead on the periodic table, could […]

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BUY or LEASE Your Solar panel system?

Rooftop solar market in India is speculated to add new capacity of 700 MW in 2016 – 15% of total solar capacity addition this year. According to Bridge to India, the cumulative capacity crossed 1 GW by September and is growing at a sizzling 300% over last year. Ministry of Finance has reduced depreciation rate […]

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