26 Jan '13, 10pm

Solar Cell Efficiency Round-Up: Thin Film Closing the Gap with Silicon

The latest results (except Empa, which is awaiting official confirmation from the overseas lab) are in NREL's updated multistrand chart (below) and in the solar cell efficiency tables published by Progress in Photovoltaics . CdTe: 18.3 percent. There's a new record holder in thin-film cadmium telluride (CdTe): GE Research is now on top with an 18.3 percent efficient cell, a full percentage point higher than the 17.3 percent mark achieved by First Solar last year. In the world solar cell efficiency ladder where fractions of a percent improvements are typical, a full point improvement is actually pretty remarkable — but maybe not a surprise. GE has been building on the CdTe technology it acquired from PrimeStar , and believes the technology "hasn't really been explored as much as it could be," said Anil Duggal, GE Research's solar technology platform leader. Three years ago ...

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