27 Sep '14, 8pm

Solar Cell Efficiency Conversion Record Hit By JA Solar

Big news: not in hero cells, but the industry workhorse. Besides, advances announced by solar manufacturers are worth a lot more than similar announcements by university and government labs. JA Solar know they can put this on the assembly line. Trina and Yingli, who in the past have concentrated on production improvements rather than efficiency, will have to raise their game in short order. A 1% gain may not look like much. But it’s 1% on top of 19%, a 5% gain proportionately. Efficiency gains, unlike improvements in production costs, translate into lower BOS costs because the area per kw goes down. (Only a part of BOS I know, but a large part). Effectively we can expect a 3% drop in system costs.

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2014/09/27/solar-cell-efficiency...

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