12 Mar '12, 12pm

Suntech Sets New Conversion Efficiency Record for Mass-Produced Solar Cells — 20.3%

Suntech Sets New Conversion Efficiency Record for Mass-Produced Solar Cells — 20.3%

Solar cells as a technology are under constant scrutiny and constant research as numerous teams try to make them cheaper and more efficient. The world’s largest PV manufacturer, Suntech, seems to have gotten an edge, as it recently announced a new world record for conversion efficiency. Suntech CEO Zhengrong Shi claimed a 20.3% conversion efficiency late last week during the company’s earnings call on Suntech’s commercial p-type wafer, which is already suited for mass production. This tops the previous record of 19.6%. Suntech is setting its sights even higher — having already beaten the record, the company is trying for 23%. High Efficiency, Low Cost Suntech’s latest design has its roots in the company’s commercialized PERL technology, which it developed in 2001. It’s currently sold as part of their Pluto high-efficiency solar brand. The current upgrade involves better sc...

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