Entech Solar has entered into a research contract with Fraunhofer USA's Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSE) to evaluate the feasibility of incorporating high-efficiency back-contact silicon solar cells into Entech's 20x concentrating solar systems.
Fraunhofer CSE will, in conjunction with the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE), simulate, design and test prototype back-contact silicon solar cells with the goal of providing a cell with significantly greater efficiency than those Entech currently uses. Fraunhofer will also make recommendations related to the future mass production of such high-efficiency back-contact cells for use in Entech's products.
Fraunhofer CSE will utilize its recently established solar development and test laboratory in Cambridge, Mass., in conjunction with Fraunhofer ISE's facility in Freiburg, Germany.
SOURCES: Entech Solar, Fraunhofer USA's Center for Sustainable Energy Systems