20 Jun '11, 6am

Alta Devices Single Junction Solarcell Tops 28 Percent Efficiency

Alta Devices Single Junction Solarcell Tops 28 Percent Efficiency

When the scientists at Alta Devices began seeing their solar devices achieve efficiency results beyond what was previously thought possible, they realized that something scientifically important was going on. Their conclusion: a great solar cell also emits light and collecting that light increases cell performance. Previously, the efficiency of a solar device was understood to be based in part on the amount of external light that could be captured and retained, but this understanding didn't account for the necessity to maximize the number of photons being generated within the device itself in order to achieve even higher efficiencies. This discovery has the potential to change expectations for the future of solar devices. At the PVSC37 conference taking place this week in Seattle, Alta will disclose details of how it achieved record cell efficiencies of 27.6% late last yea...

Full article: http://www.solardaily.com/reports/Alta_Devices_Single_Jun...

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