Recent Trends and Advances in Solar Modules

  • In May, 2014 researchers at University of Cambridge discovered that using pentacene increases efficiency up to 95%.
  • In October, 2014, researchers at California NanoSystems Institute, California, USA discovered using kesterite and perovskite improved electric power conversion efficiency for solar cells.
  • In April, 2013 researchers at the University of Southern California, California, USA used cadmium selenide and made liquid solar nanocrystals which was later named as the solar paint.
  • First Solar Built the Highest Efficiency Thin Film PV Cell on Record with a conversion efficiency of 21% at Perrysburg, Ohio, USA in August, 2014
  • Circadian Solar, in July 2013, achieved a temperature-corrected peak module aperture efficiency of 30% for its CPV modules which were installed in Lisbon, Portugal.
  • In September 2013, researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA constructed an n-type crystalline silicon panel which had a module efficiency of 22.4%.
  • The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), USA in July 2014, developed the ultra-light, highly efficient solar cell with record efficiency 40.8%.
  • A team from the University of New South Wales, Australia, in December 2014, set a new mark for recording their then designed solar panel efficiency of 40.4%.
  • In June, 2013, Sharp’s concentrator triple-junction compound solar set a new solar cell efficiency record of 43.5% in Germany.