Oxford PV

By Barney Smith Oxford PV is a private company, originally a spin-off from Oxford University, with world-class expertise in the use of perovskite photovoltaics and solar cells. The firm’s web-site states “its low-cost, highly efficient photovoltaic technology, when integrated with standard silicon solar cells, will dramatically improve performance”. Their tandem solar cells will deliver significantly [...]

By |2021-08-19T09:12:05+00:00August 18th, 2021|Solar|Comments Off on Oxford PV

Solar Panel Longevity

By Oliver Nelson-Drummett Efficiency is often the most highly considered factor for a solar cell amongst the research community. It is defined as the electrical power that a solar cell module outputs compared to the solar influx of power that falls on that module, expressed as a percentage. Recently, perovskites have exploded onto the scene, [...]

By |2020-04-29T08:42:33+00:00April 28th, 2020|Solar|Comments Off on Solar Panel Longevity

Oxford PV says it will field test a perovskite dual-layer solar panel in 2019

Oxford PV expects to have its first perovskite-silicon tandem solar panels deployed in the field in 2019. In a presentation as part of the Oxford Energy Colloquia series on 26 February, Dr. Chris Case, Chief Technology Officer of Oxford PV, made the case for solar energy and explained the path the company had taken since [...]

By |2019-02-28T12:02:52+00:00February 28th, 2019|Solar|Comments Off on Oxford PV says it will field test a perovskite dual-layer solar panel in 2019

Book Review: Taming the Sun: Innovations to Harness Solar Energy and Power the Planet, by Varun Sivaram

Varun Sivaram is worried that solar energy might follow the same path as nuclear: initial enthusiasm followed by disillusion caused, in nuclear’s case, by lack of social acceptance and cost. As a Rhodes scholar who researched perovskite cells and with degrees from Stanford in both engineering physics and international relations he is well placed to [...]

By |2018-07-17T10:17:01+00:00June 26th, 2018|Solar|Comments Off on Book Review: Taming the Sun: Innovations to Harness Solar Energy and Power the Planet, by Varun Sivaram

Indian solar developers have had a bumpy ride

The last year has been up and down for the Indian solar industry. It started well with some record low auction bids in February, for example Rs3.3 per kWh (£36 per MWh) for a project of 750MW in Madhya Pradesh. The project was accompanied by new payment guarantees and the introduction of a “deemed generation [...]

By |2018-01-22T19:56:46+00:00January 23rd, 2018|Solar|Comments Off on Indian solar developers have had a bumpy ride

Capacity is far from the whole story

At first sight you might think that a 10 MW onshore wind farm and a 10 MW solar array would produce the same electrical power. Far from it. In the UK, the wind farm should produce nearly three times the amount of electricity over a year. Why the big difference? It all comes down to [...]

By |2017-06-20T14:10:12+00:00August 15th, 2016|Mytrah Energy, Solar, Suzlon, Wind|Comments Off on Capacity is far from the whole story
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