Innovations in BIPV: Will BIPV’s Growth Follow PV Market?

Building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) refers to solar materials incorporated into the design and construction of a building. Instead of using standard build materials, such as windows, roofing shingles, building envelops, builders replace those items with materials tha.. more

Introduction of Solar Inverters

Solar inverter is a critical component in a solar energy system. It converts DC power output into AC current that can be fed into the grid and directly influences the efficiency and reliability of a solar energy system. In most occasions, 220VAC and 110VAC are nee.. more

Solar Inverters: A Niche Market

As more and more large-scale solar farms have been leaving the drawing board to go into construction, manufactures of photovoltaic (PV) solar cells and concentrated PV units have not been the only companies that have seen an increase in orders. PV installations, whe.. more

A Model for Simplifying Solar Zoning and Permitting Processes: Solar Field Overlay Zones

Several years ago, former Vice-President of the United States Al Gore attempted to install solar modules on the roof of his Tennessee home; the local zoning ordinance  prohibited the installation of  such equipment above ground level. The town of Belle Mea.. more

Printable PVs Make it Possible to Churn out Solar Cells

One problem with traditional solar cells is making them. Because current solar cells are based on silicon, they are costly and can even be environmentally unfriendly to manufacture since they require several complicated and energy intensive steps including high temperatures... more

Deep-Pocket Corporations Collaborate with Solar Firms to Invest in Growing Industry

Solar energy's contribution to the overall energy mix is minor - generating less than one percent of the global electricity output. However, rising oil prices, environmental concerns,  and competition  for fossil fuel resources have resulted in many nations ado.. more

Quantum Effects in Advancing the Solar Industry

Nature has offered a lot to scientists, offering the inspiration to produce major breakthroughs in various fields thanks to the study and understanding of organisms found in nature. From medicinal breakthroughs based on jungle flora to attempts to replicate the human knee, t.. more

The Landmark Rooftop Solar Project in the History of U.S.

Bank of America recently announced that it has gained loan guarantee from DOE to support 28-state wide rooftop solar projects that are expected to generate 733 mega watts of solar energy and will cost approximately 2.6 billion dollars in the next four years. A cooper.. more

Concentrated Photovoltaic: Positioning for Explosive Growth

The turning point for the Concentrated Photovoltaic (CPV) segment of the solar industry occurred in 2008. That year, multiple companies installed one MW, or more, of CPV systems for a total 6 to 6.5 MW. In 2009, some CPV firms moved from the development phase.. more

The Comparison between Multi-Si Cells and Mono-Si Cells

Compared to mono-si cells, multi-si cells hold the following characteristics: 1. Compared to mono-si wafer, multi-si wafer is more compatible with raw materials with low purity, not to mention its bigger loading capacity. Currently, the weights of most polysilicon ingo.. more