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Anticipating silicon solar cells with significantly improved efficiency

Theoretical calculations indicate that under certain conditions silicon can endow solar cells with a much higher efficiency. Small silicon clusters may provide a source of accordingly modified silicon. However, to date these clusters have not been accessible in soluble form, a prerequisite for flexible processing. Researchers at the Technical University of Munich have now discovered […]

The digitalisation of PV operations

All eyes are on digital technology as European PV plant operators continue to seek meaningful reductions in asset management and operations and maintenance (O&M) costs. Digitalisation promises to slash operational expenses and boost efficiency by automating many tasks that currently have to be done by hand, and by improving asset managers’ ability to rapidly identify […]

Case study: Largest wind farm in Africa

The Lake Turkana Wind Power (LTWP) project, located in Marsabit County, Kenya, is the country’s single largest private sector investment at €685-million; and the largest renewable energy project ever undertaken in the country. With 365 turbines spread over 40 000 acres and a maximum installed capacity of 310,25 MW, the wind farm is also the […]

Managing and operating solar assets: Five key considerations

PV was supposed to be like any other energy source: You invest in the infrastructure and then it pretty much runs itself from thereon. But US solar asset owners have found that is not the case. The landscape for PV operations keeps changing. This article discusses five trends which could have a material impact on […]