Germany-based Q-Cells SE says it has set two new world records for multicrystalline solar modules.
The independent calibration laboratory of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) in Freiburg, Germany, confirmed module efficiency of 18.5% (in reference to the aperture area) for a module with 60 multicrystalline solar cells. With this efficiency record, Q-Cells has broken its own world record of 18.1% set in summer 2011.
Additionally, the independent calibration laboratory of the Fraunhofer ISE confirmed a peak output of 283 W for a quasi-monocrystalline module, according to Q-Cells. Both records are based on the company's Q.ANTUM cell concept, which is planned to hit the market later this year.