March 8, 2016

Dutch innovation makes solar cells more profitable

ECN (Energy research Centre of the Netherlands) has introduced a technique which reduces power loss in solar cells to a minimum. The innovative solution leads to higher efficiencies and in the future this may result in lower electricity costs. It is integrated with existing manufacturing...[more]

March 4, 2016

New technology for thinner CIGS cells

The project 'Surface passivation and light trapping in thin CIGS solar cells' (SURPRICE), started in January of 2016. It deals with the implementation of thin Al2O3 layers in CIGS (Copper Indium Gallium Selenide), to reduce the surface recombination of charge carriers. Surface recombination is one...[more]

March 4, 2016

PV panels with integrated batteries being developed

In January of 2016 the TKI project LiBat4PV has started. In this project a PV panel with an integrated, thin film battery will be developed. The new battery can be integrated seamlessly at the rear side of the PV panel. With a thickness of approximately 1 mm, it will not add to the size or weight...[more]

February 29, 2016

Solar project BIPVpod to integrate tailor-made thin film solar panels in buildings

The TKI iDEEGO research project ‘BIPVpod’ has started. The project aims to make tailor-made thin film solar panels available for aesthetic integration in buildings. Three competing BIPV developers work together with research institutes to develop the required 'panel on demand’ manufacturing...[more]

February 18, 2016

Materials engineering as part of design phase

A wind turbine installed on land requires different construction materials to one installed offshore in corrosive seawater. Likewise, the material used for a biogas storage cylinder will depend on the temperature and composition of the gas. So a smart choice of materials is essential to the success...[more]

December 8, 2015

‘100 per cent sustainable energy is feasible’ Knighted Professor Wim Sinke forecasts spectacular growth in the PV solar energy market

In 2050, we’ll be gazing through windows that produce solar energy. No matter what policymakers at climate summits like those in Paris decide, 100 per cent sustainable energy usage and a 95 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions is feasible. Solar energy has experienced spectacular growth in the last...[more]

November 16, 2015

Wim Sinke receives royal distinction

Last Friday, Wim Sinke was appointed a Knight in the Order of the Netherlands Lion for his contribution to the development of solar energy. Wim received the distinction during the symposium “The future of solar energy” that was organised by AMOLF, with support of ECN, in honour of his 60th...[more]

October 15, 2015

World record for MWT heterojunction solar cells paves way for high-power and aesthetically appealing modules

New research at ECN is paving the way for new opportunities for silicon heterojunction technology. A reliable and industrially proven foil-based back contact module technology, developed by ECN, can now also be applied to heterojunction solar cells.  In cooperation with its industrial...[more]

June 8, 2015

From solar panel to shadow panel

Due to the growing popularity of solar energy, optimum solar energy locations are becoming rarer. Shade is, or rather was, an important cause of loss of efficiency. ECN presents ‘Tessera’, an affordable shade-tolerant PV module based on back-contact technology.[more]

June 8, 2015

'Merging' on the energy highway

Sustainable energy sources are becoming increasingly important. The number of solar panels in the Netherlands doubled last year. A success? Certainly, but now the time has come for fossil and sustainable energy sources to 'merge' on the energy highway. ECN assists businesses and governments with...[more]

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