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What is a solar cell?
A solar cell is a device that converts solar energy into electricity by photovoltaic effect. The term is sometimes reserved for devices intended specifically to capture energy from sunlight.
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2009-08-19 Zinc oxide nanospears boost solar cell efficiency
Microscopic, spear-shaped zinc oxide crystals on a silicon surface may produce more efficient solar cells.
2005-05-13 Zhejiang solar cell makers to boost production capacity
Solar cell manufacturers in Zhejiang are increasing output amid positive market forecast. There are about 15 solar cell makers in the province. They account for 10 percent of mainland China's total solar cell output. Demand for solar cells is expected to go up by 30 percent this year.
2008-09-29 Yingli PV modules head to U.S. campus solar energy facility
Yingli has agreed to supply PV modules to SunDurance that will be used for a solar power plant on the Livingston Campus of Rutgers University.
2010-10-19 Yingli grows solar capacity
China solar cell manufacturer Yingli Green Energy Holding Co. announced it is increasing capacity to 1.7GW.
2009-06-10 Yingli Green powers 13MW Czech solar plant
Yingli Green Energy Holding Co. Ltd has announced that its photovoltaic modules will be installed in a 13MW plant in the Czech Republic to be constructed by S.A.G. Solarstrom AG.
2008-08-27 Yingli Green Energy eyes solar power plant in Beijing
Yingli Green Energy Holding Co. Ltd has entered into a framework agreement with the local government of a county in Beijing regarding the proposed construction of a 10MW solar power plant.
2009-06-22 Yingli enjoys increase in solar demand
Yingli has signed an off-grid PV system sales agreement with the Shanxi subsidiary of China Mobile, and has been selected by Huawei to supply PV modules for its base stations.
2011-05-30 Wireless sensor node powered by solar harvesting source
Silicon Labs has launched an energy-efficient wireless sensor node solution powered by a solar energy harvesting source.
2009-04-01 Winners and losers of the solar cell market
Several factors have converged over the past several months that will impact the solar cell market, according to a report by The Information Network. Here's a summary of the winners and losers in the solar cell market based on the recent study of the research firm.
2002-06-04 Whitener to help cut the cost of solar cells
Researchers from Bath University are developing an alternative solar technology to silicon, and have turned to a chemical more commonly found in coffee whitener and toothpaste.
2009-07-06 Wells Fargo, SunPower dip $100M in solar power
Wells Fargo and SunPower Corp. have entered a new collaborative effort to fund up to $100 million in SunPower commercial-scale solar systems.
2008-08-27 Web coating tool eases solar cell manufacturing
Veeco Instruments Inc. has introduced a line of web coating systems designed for manufacturing copper indium gallium selenide solar cells.
2007-05-09 Wal-Mart taps SunPower subsidiary for solar installation
SunPower Corp. announced that its PowerLight subsidiary has signed a contract with Wal-Mart Stores Inc. for solar electric power systems totaling 4.6mW in seven Wal-Mart facilities in California.
2011-04-29 Virus harnessing boosts solar cell efficiency
MIT researchers have concluded that harnessing a virus could boost the efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells from under 8 percent to over 10.6 percent.
2014-05-06 Vietnam zooms in on solar energy development
While demands for solar-powered equipment continue to move upward, local solar manufacturers have been suffering badly, mainly from the country's drive to use advanced technologies regardless of where they come from.
2009-05-11 Vietnam opens first solar panel plant
Vietnam has recently opened the country's first solar cell panel manufacturing facility in southern Long An Province, with an annual capacity of 5MW.
2006-10-09 VIA opens first solar-powered community center in South Pacific
VIA Technologies announced the first ever solar-powered cyber community center in the South Pacific.
2012-07-11 Utilities weigh battery storage option for solar energy
Renewable energy from solar and wind sources are prompting the need to lower cost for energy storage mediums such as lithium ion and zinc bromine.
2004-02-24 Uni-Solar supplies PV panels to Thyssen
United Solar Ovonic LLC (Uni-Solar) has received an order for 1MW of photovoltaic (PV) panels from ThyssenKrupp Hoesch Bausysteme GmbH (Thyssen).
2003-10-31 Uni-Solar Ovonic installs 300 kW photovoltaic system
United Solar Ovonic LLC has installed a new photovoltaic (PV) system using triple-junction thin-film amorphous silicon solar technology.
2003-11-27 Uni-Solar adopts SatCon power converters
Uni-Solar has selected SatCon Technology Corp.'s PowerGate Power Converter System for integration into its photovoltaic power generation systems.
2011-09-01 Understanding inverters' role in the solar industry
Learn how solar inverters can eventually pave the way for further development of future energy-harvesting systems.
2011-02-23 Umeox displays solar-powered Android phone
The back of the solar-powered Android cellphone, displayed at the Mobile World Congress, is fully wrapped in sleek photovoltaic cells.
2009-08-28 UMC unveils solar, LED plans
United Microelectronics approved the establishment of a new business development center and an investment corp.
2007-03-27 UMC taps Ulvac for solar cell biz
UMC has decided to enter into the rapidly growing solar cell market, with Ulvac set to provide the firm with thin-film solar cell production facilities and technical support to get the ball rolling.
2012-05-29 U.S. acts against solar cell dumping
The U.S. Department of Commerce has released a decision on the matter of China solar cell and module makers dumping products in the United States, imposing an average of about 31 percent antidumping duties.
2008-09-03 Two firms sign deal to develop solar cells
IMEC and Plextronics have inked an agreement to collaborate on the production of advanced materials to create organic solar cells.
2011-01-13 TSMC, Centrosolar ink solar module agreement
TSMC has firmed up plans to venture into solar and LED manufacturing by signing a contract with Centrosolar that makes the German company its exclusive European manufacturer of crystalline solar products.
2013-06-20 TSMC Solar's champion module hits 15.7% efficiency mark
TSMC Solar's new champion module improves on the previous 15.1 per cent world record they set in January this year.
2012-03-21 TSMC Solar receives certifications
TSMC Solar Ltd, has received certifications from Underwriters Laboratories and International Electrotechnical Commission for a range of its copper indium gallium selenide PV modules.
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