“The researchers have obtained the record-breaking efficiency of 22.1% on nanostructured silicon solar cells as certified by Fraunhofer ISE CalLab. An almost 4% absolute increase to their previous record is achieved by applying a thin passivating film on the nanostructures by Atomic Layer Deposition, and by integrating all metal contacts on the back side of the cell.”
“One of the strange things about yieldcos today is their incentive structure. Sponsors, of which there is usually only one, typically have an incentive to increase cash payouts as quickly as possible to reach incentive distribution rights.”
“The report will help new entrants chart a course for sustainable growth in the market and help existing participants consolidate their share. Overview of the thin film photovoltaic and batteries market Silicon solar cell prices have plummeted in recent years, leading to an unprecedented growth in the demand for thin film solar cells.”
“To connect an existing silicon solar cell to a battery that splits the water may well be an efficient solution now but it is a very expensive one. Many researchers are therefore targeting their search at a semiconductor material that is able to both convert sunlight into an electrical charge and split the water, all in one; a kind of ‘solar fuel cell’.”
“State and federal financial incentives have also helped, they say, but it’s the passage of a state law in 2013 allowing group net metering that has really made solar power more cost-effective and accessible.
The law allows renewable energy facilities to share surplus electricity they produce with other people, and get paid for it. The catch is the people using the electricity have to be customers of the same utility company as the facility’s owner.”
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