First Solar sets record for CdTe solar efficiency
Solar giant says it has confirmed an 18.7% conversion efficiency
Solar PV specialist First Solar has claimed a new world record for cadmium-telluride (CdTe) PV solar cell conversion efficiency – recording an 18.7% cell efficiency in test that were confirmed by the US Department of Energy.
“This achievement showcases the huge potential of CdTe compared to other PV technologies and highlights the performance gains we continue to achieve thanks to our consistent and strong investment in R&D. We are confident the advanced technologies and processes we developed for this record-setting cell will further enhance the performance of our future production modules and power plants,” said First Solar CTO, Raffi Garabedian.
The firm, which recently won a contract to build a 13MW PV plant in Dubai, says that the cell was constructed using processes and materials that are designed for commercial-scale manufacturing.
Ahmed Nada, VP of business development for First Solar Middle East, said: “With the solar energy sector in the Middle East set for systematic and strong growth in the coming years, the potential of First Solar Thin Film in this region in particular is unparalleled. Our advanced thin film technology yields superior energy output in desert regions while also having the twin benefits of being more economical and more efficient sources of alternative energy.”
First Solar’s average production module efficiency was recorded at 12.9% in Q4 2012, a 0.7% boost on the 12.2% found in Q4 of the previous year.