08 Jan '13, 2pm

First Solar, Intermolecular Pushing Thin-film Solar PV Materials R&D

The current NREL-confirmed record holder for CdTe at 14.4% total area efficiency and 17.3% cell efficiency , First Solar's module efficiency in production in November 2012 was 12.7% (average), and its roadmap (last updated Dec. 2011) projects a goal of 14.5%-15.0% average efficiency for production modules by the end of 2015. In the company's 3Q12 earnings presentation, CEO Jim Hughes noted the company has begun "seeing significant progress" in heavy investments in R&D to improve its technology and meet — or beat — its existing roadmap. That includes a new laser scribing process to improve module active area loss (rollout completed by mid-2013); modifications to deposition of semiconductor absorber material (full-volume production beginning in mid-2013); a module design change to reduce active area losses and improve uniformity (rolled out in 2H13); and improvements to the ...

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