26 Jul '11, 5pm

First Solar Sets Solar Cell Efficiency Record at 17.3% $FSLR

Some have theorized that cadmium telluride modules might top out at 14 to 16 percent efficiency. Crystalline silicon modules can realistically go to 25 percent efficiency with cells approaching 29 percent efficiency but then boost those numbers by taking advantage of concentrators: SunPower, facing its own efficiency walls, unfurled a concentrator strategy last year . In the lab, CIGS cells have topped 20 percent. First Solar itself has even been conducting a skunk works project to test the feasibility of making CIGS modules itself for the past few years.

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