PV cell string optimizer boosts solar panel output up to 30%
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PV cell string optimizer boosts solar panel output up to 30%

Maxim presents its Cell-String Optimizer as the first IC to perform MPPT (maximum power point tracking) at low level in a panel; it allows photovoltaic (PV) panels to harvest significantly more energy and simplifies design complexity for solar installation projects. by Graham...

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Inkjet printing of text or photos as solar cells
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Inkjet printing of text or photos as solar cells

by Denis Meyer @ elektormagazine.com: Research is in progress at the University of Aalto in Finland on the development of a process for inkjet printing of text, photos or any illustrations as solar cells. The idea is not new but these researchers are covering new ground which will...

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Bifacial solar cells boost efficiency
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Bifacial solar cells boost efficiency

by Harry Baggen @ elektormagazine.com: The Belgian nanoelectronics research center Imec has developed a very efficient bifacial n-PERT (BiPERT) solar cell technology with a bifaciality factor of nearly 100%. The cell efficiency at the rear is nearly as high as the efficiency at the...

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Quantum Dots Boost Solar Cells
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Quantum Dots Boost Solar Cells

R. Colin Johnson @ eetimes.com discuss about quantum dots applications and how scientists use them to boost photovoltaic output. LAKE WALES, Fla—Quantum dots are already being used commercially to boost the output and expand the color range of ultra-high-definition televisions,...

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Solar Cell IV Curve Tracer
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Solar Cell IV Curve Tracer

This instructable shows how to build a photovoltaic cell curve tracer using Arduino and OPA549S OPAMPS. This projects shows how to create an IV (Current and Voltage) Tracer that can be used to teach the electrical characteristics of a solar panel. This project was created as part...

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Organic solar cells set new efficiency record
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Organic solar cells set new efficiency record

The German company Heliatek has developed new OPV multi-junction solar cells with an efficiency of 13.2%. This is a world record for organic solar cells. Thanks to the excellent low light and high temperature behavior of the organic semiconductor, the electricity generation of the...

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Solar Cells Made Obsolete – 3D rectennas aim at 40-to-90% efficiency
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Solar Cells Made Obsolete – 3D rectennas aim at 40-to-90% efficiency

R. Colin Johnson @ eetimes.com: PORTLAND, Ore.--Now before you get all excited by the headline, which is not click-bait according to the researchers, a new kind of nanoscale rectenna (half antenna and half rectifier) can convert solar and infrared into electricity, plus be tuned to...

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