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First Solar Retakes CdTe Crown, Promises April Roadmap Update

That reign proved to be short-lived, as First Solar has produced an NREL-verified 18.7 percent cell out of its Perrysburg, Ohio factory and R&D center. Keith Emery, who manages NREL's cell and module performance characterization group (and the cell efficiency records chart ), confirms that the new First Solar cell arrived and was tested in mid-December. In a statement coinciding with First Solar's 4Q12/FY 2012 financial results , company CTO Raffi Garabedian echoed what we heard from both GE and NREL last month : that there's still a lot of runway for thin-film solar PV technology, and particularly CdTe, to improve efficiency and its competitiveness with dominant crystalline silicon-based PV. "This achievement showcases the huge potential of CdTe compared to other PV technologies," he stated . When GE announced its top CdTe mark, Anil Duggal, GE Research's solar technology...

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