in News Departments > Products & Technology
print the content item

comments: 0

Solar Frontier, in joint research with Japan's New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization, says it has achieved a record-breaking energy conversion efficiency of 19.7% for cadmium-free, copper indium selenide thin-film solar cells measuring approximately 0.5 square centimeters.

The efficiency was measured by the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology. It has been ten years since the previous record of 18.6% was surpassed, Solar Frontier adds.

This world record was achieved using cells cut from a 30 cm x 30 cm substrate, rather than specifically developed small-area cells, demonstrating high potential for further increases. Moreover, the formation method utilized by Solar Frontier to achieve the result is the same method that the company uses for mass production - a process of sputtering followed by selenization.

Solar Frontier says it has chosen this method over co-evaporation due to greater efficiencies in mass production and aims to surpass the current record of 20.3% efficiency set with the co-evaporation method.



SolarEnergyTradeShow_id1384

Surrette_id1409
Latest Top Stories

SolarCity Strikes An East-West Pose In Its New Commercial Mounting System

The first major new product release from SolarCity's Zep Solar business unit since last year's merger reveals new opportunities in the commercial solar space.


Central America's Heart Set On Solar With New Government Tenders

Big deals in El Salvador and Honduras point toward a surge in photovoltaic capacity in the region.


Con Edison To Meet Overload With Storage And Demand Management

Rather than dropping $1 billion on infrastructure to meet overload forecasts, the venerable electric utility is proposing a novel package of customer-side load management programs that could serve as a model for other energy providers.


U.S. And China Account For Over Half The World's PV Pipeline

While the usual suspects continue building photovoltaic projects at a breakneck pace, two new players are emerging with impressive capacity growth.


Buoyed By Business Deals, Solar Dominates New U.S. Cleantech Jobs

A hot solar sector helped double the number of new clean energy and transportation jobs in the second quarter of the year compared with the first.

SilcoTek
S&C Electric_id1352
CanSolIndus_id1429
Lufft_id1410
WIP_id1320
PVcobra_id1394
Future Energy_id1428