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CdTe Solar Cell Efficiency Record Announced by First Solar

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


In Focus: California Solar Credits

California’s solar rollover-credit program is creating quite a buzz across California. More commonly know as “net energy metering,” the solar rollover-credit program is helping Californians install solar on their homes and businesses as part of the state’s transition from dirty fuel sources to a more vibrant, clean-energy economy. The solar credit program benefit all Californians,


Two-Junction Solar Cell Efficiency Sets NREL Record

The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Lab has announced a world record of 31.1% conversion efficiency for a two-junction solar cell under one sun of illumination. Multi-junction solar cells or tandem cells are solar cells containing several p-n junctions. Each junction is tuned to a different wavelength of light, reducing one of the largest inherent


New CPV Efficiency Record for Amonix

Amonix, which makes concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) systems, has once again broke a world record for real-world efficiency testing. In real-world testing, the company’s latest CPV technology reached a peak conversion efficiency of 36.2 percent at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado. The new record broke Amonix’ former world record of 34.2 percent


GE Research Achieves CdTe PV Efficiency Record

Rather quietly, GE Research has bested First Solar for the cadmium telluride PV cell efficiency record. Clocking in at 18.3 percent, the new record edges First Solar’s previous mark by a full 1 percent. First Solar (NASDAQ:FSLR) hit 17.3 percent about a year ago. Presumably, this record was set using the PrimeStar Solar technology acquired


Sharp Hits 37.7% Solar Cell Efficiency

Sharp Corporation has set the world record for solar cell conversion efficiency – 37.7 percent – the Osaka-based multinational announced. The Japanese electronics company said it achieved the breakthrough using a triple-junction compound solar cell wherein photo-absorption layers are piled together. Compound solar cells use photo-absorption layers made from compounds made up of two or


Amonix Achieves Solar Module Record at 33.5% Efficiency

Over one-third efficient at converting sunlight into electricity—in real-world conditions—that’s what Amonix Inc. achieved earlier this year. The company announced Oct. 30 that the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) tested its newest module in real-world conditions where it reached an outdoor operating efficiency rating of 33.5 percent, and peaked at 34.2 percent.  The level is


Breakthrough Rivals Speed of Natural Photosynthesis

Artificial photosynthesis has always remained us of the ‘Holy Grail’ of sustainability oriented research, especially when it comes to the naturalistic process of harnessing energy. In this regard, scientists from Swedish KTH Royal Institute of Technology have successfully contrived a catalyst that can split water molecules into oxygen and protons. However, the brouhaha is not


BREAKTHROUGH: Natcore Black Solar Cell Absorbs 99.7% of All Light

There is absolutely no doubt regarding the popularity of solar energy compared to many other forms of alternate energy sources. It is easy to install, is not a visual distraction, a lot more reliable and photovoltaic panels can be pretty much integrated into most surfaces. But, one of the major breakthroughs that will help in