In another “efficiency record” for today, Q-Cells SE says it has reached an efficiency of 14.7 percent for a mass-produced CIGS thin film solar module, which has been manufactured via monolithic integration. This figure has been verified by Fraunhofer ISE.
Ernst & Young has published its updated renewable energy country attractiveness indices. While it says the “toxic legacy” of the financial crisis is ongoing, new investment in clean energy reached “unprecedented levels” last year, having hit USD$243 billion.
The CIGS PV market is poised for a comeback according to a new report, which identifies three markets ripe for development, and discusses Chinas potential to take the production lead. However, if it wants to make an impact, it must first overcome its manufacturing hurdles.
HyperSolar, Inc. has completed a prototype design of its thin solar concentrator. The companys aim is to reduce the number of solar cells in a panel by 75 percent.
Solar Junction has achieved 41.4 percent cell efficiency on a concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) multi-junction production cell. The results have been confirmed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).
According to research, a decrease in demand for new PV installations in the first quarter of the year is expected to cause a “surge” in company inventories.
Suniva, Inc. has claimed its ARTisun Select series solar cells, which are now in full-scale production, are achieving over 19 percent conversion efficiencies. This, says the company, is a record.
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