26 Jul '11, 5pm

First Solar Sets Efficiency Record: 17.3 Percent: First Solar today announced that it has produced a cadmium t...

First Solar Sets Efficiency Record: 17.3 Percent: First Solar today announced that it has produced a cadmium t...

First Solar today announced that it has produced a cadmium telluride solar cell with a 17.3 percent efficiency, shattering a ten year old record set by NREL. The old record was 16.7 percent and set in 2001. In solar, that's like breaking a record set by Jesse Owens in Berlin. Most records in this business inch the mark up by a one to two tenths. The solar cell won't go into production soon, but might help ease some concerns that cadmium telluride is approaching an efficiency ceiling. First Solar's cadmium telluride solar modules are cheaper than any other solar module in the world to manufacture. In the first quarter, First Solar produced modules in its factory on average for 75 cents a watt. (The actual sale price is higher.) The average efficiency, however, is comparatively on the low side. First Solar boosted its average efficiency to 11.7 percent: that's up from the 11...

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