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Photovoltaic Research News

Visit the NREL news section for a complete list of NREL press releases and feature stories related to PV.

Dec. 13, 2019

In Breakthrough Method of Creating Solar Cell Material, NREL Scientists Prove the Impossible Really Isn't

Scientists at NREL achieved a technological breakthrough for solar cells previously thought impossible.

Dec. 12, 2019

PVWatts at 20: Measuring Success in Megawatts and by the Millions

Expanding solar energy’s reach, one estimate at a time. Meet PVWatts.

Dec. 11, 2019

Sunny with a Chance of Curtailment: NREL Simulates Possible Impacts of a Very-High-Solar Future

Analysts modeled how the future U.S. power system could operate with up to 55% solar energy penetration.

Nov. 4, 2019

Former NREL Director Charlie Gay Retires from DOE Solar Program

Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) Director Charlie Gay, an internationally recognized pioneer in photovoltaics (PV), retired from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on Nov. 1.

Oct. 11, 2019

Matt Beard: New Senior Research Fellow Helps Make Quantum Leap in Solar Energy

Newly appointed NREL Senior Research Fellow Matt Beard is pursuing new concepts that can impact many types of different energy technologies.

Sept. 17, 2019

Call Sherry: Engineer Helps Tribes, Alaskan Villages Find Energy Solutions

In many tribal communities, electricity is expensive, unreliable, or completely unavailable. NREL Engineer Sherry Stout works with such communities, helping them use renewable energy to reduce costs and access reliable power.

Sept. 5, 2019

Unique New Prototype Brings NREL Collaborators Together

Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator member company Yotta Solar brought their behind-the-panel battery system to NREL for analysis this summer. It's a technology so new, researchers from multiple disciplines were pushed to develop next-generation evaluation techniques.

Aug. 1, 2019

Virtual Tools Developed at NREL Create Real-World Savings

NREL researchers are creating useful software applications designed to help highlight potential costs and savings associated with renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. In doing so, they hope to shorten the path to commercialization and increase overall adoption of those technologies.

July 26, 2019

NREL Brings Promising High-Efficiency Solar Cell Down to Earth

The newly published research in Nature Communications details how the NREL researchers refined the D-HVPE process to produce solar cells more than 20 times faster than the process now commonly used.

June 5, 2019

'Nothing' technology creates less expensive thin-film solar cells

Solar cells made from elements in the third and fifth columns of the periodic table have been shown to be highly efficient at converting sunlight into energy, but their high costs pose a drawback and limited their use to niche applications.

May 7, 2019

NREL's Matthew Beard Honored by Royal Society of Chemistry

The society singled Beard out specifically for his "outstanding contributions to controlling ultra-fast carrier dynamics in nanostructures and perovskite semiconductors."

April 22, 2019

Your Renewable Energy Technology is Growing Old--What's Next?

While hundreds of millions of tons of trash continue to be dumped into American landfills annually, a growing percentage has been diverted to recycling centers since the first Earth Day in 1970. But these centers aren't set up for renewable energy technologies.

March 6, 2019

REopt Lite Adds Custom Electricity Rates and an Integrated Critical Load Builder

Building owners and energy managers looking to evaluate renewable energy and storage economics for their site can use REopt™ Lite's custom utility rate tariff capabilities and an integrated critical load profile builder—new features that allow a more detailed energy analysis without leaving the tool.

Feb. 25, 2019

News Release: NREL Emerging Markets Day Announces 2019 Presenting Start-up Companies

On May 8, investors, start-up companies, and industry leaders from around the world will convene in Denver, Colo., for the third Emerging Markets Day, a forum to discuss the most promising cleantech solutions to the pressing energy challenges faced by emerging economies.

Feb. 25, 2019

News Release: NREL Industry Growth Forum Announces 2019 Presenting Start-Ups

The 30 companies were selected after a competitive application and review process from more than 150 applicants.

Feb. 25, 2019

Little Uncertainty Remains at NREL, Thanks to Improvements in PV Performance Measurement

NREL achieves the world's most accurate method to measure PV performance, with an uncertainty rate of only 1.1%.

Jan. 17, 2019

NREL Research Proves Switchable Solar Window Works, Now Focus Moves to Making it Work Better

A year after NREL Researcher Lance Wheeler attracted international attention for his research detailing a window that could both darken and generate electricity, he's starting over--almost from scratch.

Jan. 8, 2019

New Substation Will Double Generating Capacity at National Wind Technology Center

This upgrade will enable megawatt-scale research that generates nearly twice that amount of power to occur at the same time--increasing opportunities for more grid-connected technologies, including solar panels, batteries, and additional wind turbines.


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