28 Apr '15, 8am

Thin-film competition hots up as TSMC Solar breaks day-old CIGS efficiency record

TSMC Solar's production line for CIGS modules in Taichung, Taiwan. Image: TSMC Solar. The announcement of a 16% efficiency record for a CIGS module by Manz appears to have been trumped just a day later by TSMC Solar, which says it has reached a verified 16.5% efficiency for commercial-size CIGS modules. TSMC Solar, a subsidiary of Taiwanese Semiconductor Manufacturing, claims that the total area efficiency of its 1.09m2 CIGS (copper indium gallium selenide) modules has been verified by testing house TUV SUD. Produced at TSMC Solar’s manufacturing facilities in Taichung, Taiwan, and supplied with TSMC’s own materials, the company’s C2 module is claimed to offer an improvement on its previous efficiency record of 15.7% , set in the summer of 2013. According to TSMC, the application of “past innovations to mass production” processes means that as well as the record-breaking m...

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