26 Jun '15, 9am

New World Record of 18.6 % Thin Film Module Conversion Efficiency: First Solar, Inc. has set another world rec...

The new record for First Solar has been measured and certified by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) , and the achievement reinforces confidence in First Solar with its sustained product improvements. The 18.6 percent aperture area efficiency corresponds to a full area conversion efficiency of 18.2 percent, which beats the best recorded multi-crystalline Si PERC module with an approximate full area efficiency of 17.7% (based on 19.1% aperture efficiency and published module area data). “First Solar’s CdTe thin film is now rightly categorized as a high performance product,” said Raffi Garabedian, First Solar’s Chief Technology Officer. “We are now proving that CdTe thin film delivers both industry-leading performance AND sustainable thin-film cost structures.” This efficiency combined with other real-world performance attributes resu...

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