10 Apr '13, 11am

First Solar sets cadmium-telluride (CdTe) module efficiency world record

First Solar 's new NREL -verified record is a substantial increase over the prior record of 14.4 percent efficiency, which the company set in January 2012. Separately, First Solar also set a record for CdTe open circuit voltage (VOC), a critical parameter for PV performance, reaching 903.2 millivolts (mV) in NREL-certified testing. This new record marks the first substantial increase in CdTe VOC in over a decade of international R&D. The new records come just six weeks after First Solar announced a new world record for CdTe solar cell efficiency of 18.7 percent. "We are especially proud of this new efficiency record because the technology was created for production-scale implementation, as evidenced by our accelerated efficiency roadmaps," said Raffi Garabedian, First Solar's Chief Technology Officer. First Solar also announced the launch of a new evolution of its Series 3...

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