Photovoltaic Research News

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

Sept. 26, 2023

At a Glance: How Renewable Energy Is Transforming the Global Electricity Supply

Even as fossil energy still provides most of the world’s electricity, new electricity generating capacity is dominated by renewable energy projects.

Sept. 11, 2023

News Release: Combination of Stressors Key to Testing Perovskite Solar Cells

Perovskite solar cells should be subjected to a combination of stress tests simultaneously to best predict how they will function outdoors, according to researchers at NREL.

Sept. 6, 2023

A Faster, Cheaper Way To Give Solar Panels a Clean Bill of Health

In the darkness of night, NREL is prototyping a new device that could cut time and costs for inspections of solar installations after potentially damaging weather.

Aug. 15, 2023

How Do We Inventory the Materials Needed To Build Wind and Solar Farms?

The new Renewable Energy Materials Properties Database, the development of which was led by NREL, compiles information on materials used in wind and solar power plants.

Aug. 3, 2023

News Release: NREL Analysis Quantifies Impacts of Setback Ordinances on Land Available for Renewable Energy Deployment

The number of local zoning ordinances governing renewable energy deployment is growing in the United States, according to new research by NREL. The amount of land available to deploy renewables depends on the characteristics of the ordinances.

July 28, 2023

Distinguished Researcher Dirk Jordan Knows the Value of Long-Term Reliability

NREL Distinguished Researcher Dirk Jordan is interested in long-term performance of photovoltaic (PV) modules and systems, particularly how PV modules degrade over many years in the field and how this can significantly impact overall project economics.

July 26, 2023

Photovoltaic Device Innovation Poised for Global Impact on the Future Energy System

Recent decades of research and development have produced highly sophisticated solar cells that generated more than 1,000 terawatt-hours of electrical energy globally in 2022.

July 19, 2023

NREL Puts Sound Waves to Test in Making Solar Cells Cheaper

Sound waves could play a part in making III-V solar cells more affordable for earth-bound applications, according to newly published research led by scientists at NREL.

July 17, 2023

News Release: Bifacial Perovskite Solar Cells Point to Higher Efficiency

A bifacial perovskite solar cell, which allows sunlight to reach both sides of the device, holds the potential to produce higher energy yields at lower overall costs, according to scientists at NREL.

June 22, 2023

News Release: NREL Awards $2 Million in Contracts To Support Development of Cheaper, More Efficient Cadmium Telluride Solar Cells

NREL has awarded $2 million to fund six projects to support the Cadmium Telluride Accelerator Consortium (CTAC).

June 21, 2023

Substitute for Gold Layer in Perovskite Clears Way for Cheaper Commercialization

A thin layer of gold or silver helps improve the efficiency of perovskite solar cells, but researchers have found a less expensive material that will enable commercialization of the technology without exorbitant cost.

June 20, 2023

NREL Windows Research Clearly Making a Difference

Builders began erecting edifices with massive walls of windows after World War II. The trend continues to this day, but the 1970s saw the adoption of double-pane windows to reduce energy consumption. Researchers at NREL have been working to improve windows since 1983.

May 5, 2023

Analysis Points to Massive Photovoltaic Deployment To Meet Decarbonization Target

An "unprecedented ramp-up of production capacity" over the next two decades is needed to provide enough solar power to completely decarbonize the global electrical system, but that goal can be achieved, according to an analysis led by researchers at NREL.

April 27, 2023

NREL Researchers Reveal Concept To Curb Need for Battery Storage

A delicate balancing act between the generation of renewable energy and the demand for that power could reduce the need for as much short-duration storage, according to a new proof-of-concept paper authored by researchers at NREL.

April 6, 2023

News Release: Next Decade Decisive for PV Growth on the Path to 2050

Global experts on solar power strongly urge a commitment to the continued growth of photovoltaic manufacturing and deployment to power the planet, arguing that lowballing projections for PV growth while waiting for a consensus on other energy pathways or the emergence of technological last-minute miracles "is no longer an option."

Feb. 21, 2023

In Ultrathin Layers, NREL Researchers Find a Path to Better Materials

For three decades, researchers have known that the addition of a single chemical creates better-performing solar cells. But they have not understood exactly why—until now. The answer has implications that stretch well beyond solar cells.

Feb. 9, 2023

News Release: Perovskite-Based Thermochromic Windows Reduce Energy Load and Carbon Emission in Buildings

The use of thermochromic windows in office buildings improves energy efficiency across all climate zones in the United States by modulating the temperature inside, leading to a massive savings, according to a research effort led by NREL.

Feb. 8, 2023

Innovative HOPE Graduate Workshop Is Accepting Applications for Summer Participation

Annie Greenaway and Silvana Ovaitt started out as graduate student participants in the Hands-On Photovoltaic Experience (HOPE) workshop—a program designed to provide graduate students with opportunities to learn about photovoltaics from leading researchers.

Feb. 1, 2023

Matthew Beard and Garry Rumbles Elected Fellows of AAAS

This week, NREL researchers Garry Rumbles and Matthew Beard were announced as fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Jan. 31, 2023

Solar District Cup Finalist Teams Announced

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar District Cup Collegiate Design Competition announced today that 45 teams from 39 schools are advancing as finalists in the class of 2022–2023.

Jan. 26, 2023

News Release: Thin, Lightweight Layer Provides Radiation Barrier for Perovskites in Space, Protection From Elements on Earth

An ultrathin protective coating proves sufficient to protect a perovskite solar cell from the harmful effects of space and harden it against environmental factors on Earth, according to newly published research from NREL.


2023 | 2022 | 2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015