Boeing Subsidiary Begins Production Of 39.2% Efficient Solar Cells

The Boeing Co. says that Spectrolab, a wholly owned subsidiary, has started mass production of its newest terrestrial solar cell, the C3MJ+. With an average conversion efficiency of 39.2%, C3MJ+ will be the industry's highest-efficiency cell, according to the company.

The concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) cells draw on Spectrolab's 50-year history of manufacturing solar cells for space and terrestrial applications and are an improvement on the C3MJ cells currently in production, which are 38.5% efficient.

According to Russ Jones, Spectrolab's director of CPV business development, the company plans to deliver the first of the 39%-efficient cells in January 2011.

SOURCE: Boeing

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