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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


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, […] Read more


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 […] Read more


PlanetSolar Breaks It’s Own Speed Record

When the Turanor PlanetSolar boat docked on May 18 in Marigot, St. Martin, it broke the speed record for a transatlantic crossing in a solar-powered boat. Of course, PlanetSolar had only its own record to beat. Planet Solar was built in Kiel, Germany and is powered exclusively by solar panels. It completed an around-the-world voyage […] Read more


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 […] Read more


Alta Devices Hits 30.8% PV Cell Efficiency

Alta Devices reached 30.8 percent solar cell conversion efficiency earlier this month. The company developed a dual-junction thin-film PV device that builds on its previous single junction cell. The company said its a new world record for the dual junction cells. The results were verified by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). And while this […] 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


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 […] Read more


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 […] Read more


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 […] Read more


MiaSolé Sets Flexible CIGS Efficiency Record

We’ve been keeping a tally of recent record-setting solar cell and module achievements. We’re now adding MiaSolé’s 15.5 percent efficiency mark for a flexible CIGS solar cell. Note that this is an aperture-area efficiency on a commercial-size flexible PV module with a total area of 1.68 square meters. That eclipses the 13.4 percent mark recently […] Read more


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 […] Read more



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 […] Read more