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New UK focused solar developer Climate ER has secured funding for £250 million worth of utility scale projects. It is targeting a pipeline within the next two years of 500MW, thanks to the backing from a solar investor "of global repute" the company said. Following this point, the company has access to further funding tranches to help grow further. Early funds are already being deployed to commence the immediate development of 80MW of grid secured projects, and more are expected to follow in Q4 of 2020. "Our team has worked diligently over the past 18 months to forge strong relationships with...

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Researchers have achieved an efficiency record for transparent solar cells, paving the way for skyscraper windows to serve as power sources. A team from the University of Michigan used an organic, carbon-based design to transform sunlight into electricity with an efficiency rate of 8.1 per cent. Commercial solar cells, which are typically made using silicon rather than carbon, tend to have an efficiency rate of between 14 and 19 per cent. "Windows, which are on the face of every building, are an ideal location for organic solar cells because they offer something silicon can't, which is a combination of very high...

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