Posts tagged: National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Germany breaks 3 solar power records in 2 weeks

By Zachary Shahan Despite being quite a grey country, with average solar irradiation levels worse than even the US Northwest and Alaska, Germany is the world’s solar power leader. In the past couple of weeks, it just broke another three records. On June 6, between 1pm and 2pm, solar power output rose to a record […]

World’s Largest Solar Array Set to Crank Out 290 Megawatts of Sunshine Power

Megaplants like Agua Caliente in Arizona herald a new efficiency in solar-sourced electricity By Roni Jacobson   Global climate change is here, and it’s only going to get worse, according to a White House report released on Tuesday. To combat rising sea levels and blistering summers, the Obama administration has been pushing for clean, renewable […]

Solar Power’s Relentless Push To Greater Efficiency

By Pete Danko First Solar is apparently inching toward manufacturing some silicon solar products, but that doesn’t mean the company’s bread and butter, cadmium-telluride (CdTe) cells, are taking a back seat. Not if this news is any indication: a new CdTe cell conversion record of 20.4 percent. This beats the old world record of 19.6 […]

Most Efficient Solar Panels — Which Ones?

One of the most common things people ask when they start to consider going solar or start to plan their life-changing solar expedition is which are the most efficient solar panels. However, first of all, that’s not even the right question for most people, and second of all, the literal answer to that question really […]

TetraSun Produces Solar Power With Pennies Thanks to NREL

The majority of silicon solar photovoltaics use silver to conduct electricity but thanks in part to help from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, TetraSun is using copper as a conductor instead of silver. The approach, along with the results and the cost-savings have helped TetraSun and NREL win a 2013 R&D top 100 award fromR&D […]