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First Solar Sets 17% Efficiency Record

First Solar, Inc. announced it has set a world record for cadmium-telluride (CdTe) photovoltaic (PV) module conversion efficiency, achieving a record 17.0 percent total area module efficiency in tests performed by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The new record is an increase over the prior record of 16.1 percent efficiency, which the company […] Read more


CdTe Solar Cell Efficiency Record Announced by First Solar

First Solar, Inc. announced it has set a world record for cadmium-telluride (CdTe) photovoltaic (PV) solar cell conversion efficiency, achieving 20.4 percent conversion efficiency certified at the Newport Corporation’s Technology and Applications Center (TAC) PV Lab and confirmed by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The record-setting cell was constructed at […] Read more


TetraSun: Solar from Copper

The majority of silicon solar photovoltaics use  silver to conduct electricity but thanks in part to help from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, TetraSun is using copper as a conductor instead of silver. The approach, the results and the cost-savings have helped TetraSun and NREL win a 2013 R&D top 100 award from R&D Magazine […] Read more


First Solar’s Thin Film Panels: GE Inside

One year ago, General Electric delayed its plan to build the world’s largest solar plant in Colorado, saying it would focus instead on out-innovating its primary competitor in thin-film technology, First Solar. Now, its plan for the 400 megawatt (MW) manufacturing facility is officially dead under a multi-pronged partnership announced this week with its former […] Read more


CdTe PV Efficiency Record Goes Back to First Solar

Last month we reported on how General Electric quietly stole the cadmium telluride (CdTe) solar cell effficiency crown from First Solar (NASDAQ: FSLR) — with a solar cell clocking in at 18.3 percent. When I asked First Solar CTO Raffi Garabedian for a comment at the time, he was respectful, but said that it didn’t […] Read more


First Solar Teams Up with Intermolecular on CdTe PV Efficiency

In order to stay competitive with crystalline silicon (c-Si), thin-film solar manufacturers such as the leader in that technology, First Solar (Nasdaq: FSLR) have to continue to keep their eye on costs but must also raise efficiency. First Solar has had a modest but consistent ramp in conversion efficiency of roughly 0.1 percentage point per […] Read more


The Safety of First Solar’s CdTe Thin Film

Those who live near the 230-megawatt Antelope Valley Solar Ranch One want to know whether the 3.7-million cadmium telluride (CdTe) thin film solar panels First Solar will install in their desert terrain are a threat to them. “I feel somehow that we’re the experimental rat,” one resident said in an email to GTM. “Cadmium? Hmmmmmmm.” […] Read more


Update: Abound Solar

Last month, Abound Solar, a solar panel manufacturer working in the cadmium telluride (CdTe) materials system, made some troubling announcements. Abound is halting production of its first-generation, 10.5-percent-efficiency CdTe PV module in order to transition to building its next-generation, higher-efficiency module. That transition will result “in the temporary reduction of approximately 180 permanent jobs” from […] Read more


The Curse of the DOE Loan Guarantee?

A few months ago, we published an article that asked, “What is Really Happening at Abound Solar?” We’ve just learned the bad news — and maybe some good news. Abound is halting production of its first-generation, 10.5-percent-efficiency cadmium telluride (CdTe) PV module in order to transition to building its next-generation, higher-efficiency module. That’s the good […] Read more


First Solar Sets CdTe Solar PV Efficiency Record

First Solar Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR), the Arizona company which has been garnering awards almost since its inception (in 1999), announced another milestone on January 16th. The company’s cadmium telluride (CdTe) photovoltaic (PV) module achieved a record 14.4 percent efficiency, or one percentage point greater than the record mark it set in August of 2011. This […] Read more


The Future of CdTe

Considering First Solar (NASDAQ: FSLR) accounts for about 70% of 5NPlus’ revenue, it shouldn’t be a surprise that this deal is in theworks… With the solar power market pushing for cheaper ways to utilize the sun’s energy, thin film panels are making their way into the spotlight and First Solar is currently the king of this […] Read more


Solexant Ramps CdTe to 100MW

If you’re a photovoltaic module startup that hasreceived venture capital funding in the last few years — it’s time tostart showing results. The solar market is no longer the domain of scientists and hobbyists — the industry will ship more than ten gigawatts this year.  It’s about scaling big, scaling fast and driving down costs.  […] Read more


Abound Solar Gets $400M from Feds for CdTe PV

Abound Solar’s CEO Tom Tiller told me: "This company has the potential to be the next great solar company."  Helping in that quest is a recently announced $400 million loanguarantee from the U.S. DOE.  That money is going to help get Aboundfrom its current 65 megawatt capacity "up to about a gigawatt,"according to the CEO. […] Read more