28 Feb '13, 7pm

Amonix, Solar Junction Plot CPV Efficiency Gains, Lower Costs

Last October Solar Junction topped 44 percent efficiency with its multijunction solar cells. Amonix set the top market for a CPV module in May 2012 at 33.5 percent, using ~40 percent efficient cells supplied by Spectrolab. Putting the two together will push the end efficiency significantly higher, they believe, which is the key to reducing total system costs over time. And that is CPV's real selling point over other solar PV technologies: despite higher upfront costs, it makes up for that with lower LCOE over the system's lifetime. This new agreement lets the companies formally open their process IP playbooks and determine how much more efficiency their combined technology would achieve, and where those refinements can be made. Most areas of CPV are pretty well maximized, explained Pat McCullough, Amonix's CEO: cell/module architecture, thermal diffusion, tracking systems,...

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