"The FS-392 demonstrates the success of First Solar's R&D investment to drive higher and higher module conversion efficiencies into production," said Tom Kuster, First Solar Vice President of Product Management and System Technology. "This increase in module efficiency, coupled with our thin-film technology's real-world yield advantage when compared to crystalline silicon PV, results in higher energy density and lower levelized cost of energy (LCOE)."
One of the drivers of First Solar modules' performance advantage over crystalline silicon solar modules is a lower temperature coefficient, delivering higher energy yields at elevated operating temperatures typical of utility-scale power plants in sunny regions. For full details, please see a white paper on this topic, which can be downloaded.
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