David Kirkpatrick

July 13, 2010

Efficiency record for for large-area epitaxial thin-film silicon solar cells

Filed under: Business, Science — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 6:10 pm

Good solar news. I may sound like a broken record, but for solar to be market-viable two things have to happen — costs must come way down and efficiency must go way up. This is a step in the right direction.

From the link:

Imec scientists realized large-area (70cm2) epitaxial solar cells with efficiencies of up to 16.3% on high-quality substrates. And efficiencies of up to 14.7% were achieved on large-area low-quality substrates, showing the potential of thin-film epitaxial solar cells for industrial manufacturing. The results were achieved within imec’s silicon solar cell industrial affiliation program (IIAP) that explores and develops advanced process technologies aiming a sharp reduction in silicon use, whilst increasing cell efficiency and hence further lowering substantially the cost per Watt peak.

Imec large-area (70cm2) epitaxial solar cell with an efficiency of up to 16.3% on high-quality substrat

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