Record 18.7% solar cell efficiency achieved in test

02/28/2013 | Power Engineering

A world record of 18.7% efficiency has been achieved in cadmium-telluride photovoltaic solar cell conversion, the company First Solar announced. The test result, using only processes and materials suitable for commercial production, were confirmed by the Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The development will "further enhance the performance of our future production modules and power plants," said Raffi Garabedian, First Solar's chief technology officer.

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