JA Solar launches 20.4% efficient PERCIUM cell


JA Solar, one of the world's largest manufacturers of high-performance solar power products, on Friday launched mass production of its PERCIUM solar cell.

The PERCIUM cell, the first P-TYPE cell that surpasses a conversion efficiency of 20%, has reached an average conversion efficiency of 20.4%.

The 6×10 PERCIUM cells module, which has reached an average power rating of 285W, is expected to be put into mass production by Friday.

The preparation for mass production has taken only three months since the new product release early this year and the module is expected to reach an average power rating of 290W by the end of the year.

High conversion efficiency and reliability are two aspects the solar industry highly values as the next step of development.

Early this year, JA Solar launched the 6×10 PERCIUM cells module in Japanese, British, Israeli, Chinese and German markets and has received positive responses, especially from European and Japanese markets.

To meet the increasing demands of customers, JA Solar has completed preparations for mass production within a short time and will continue to expand its PERCIUM solar cells production capacity.

The company has one PERCIUM cell production line and will have four by October with plans to have eight next year.

The capacity of PERCIUM cells is expected to reach 170MW by the end of this year and 350MW next year.

"High conversion efficiency can bring about low system cost per Watt, which means low balance-of-system, transportation, installation and land cost," said Yong Liu, chief operation officer of JA Solar.

"The PERCIUM solar cell uses passivated back-side and local BSF technology to ensure excellent low-light performance of the PERCIUM cells module. High cost-performance on the system side can help to reduce the cost of power per KwH."