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Published on March 28th, 2012 | by Zachary Shahan

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SunPower’s World Record Solar Cells Now in Commercial Production

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March 28th, 2012 by Zachary Shahan
 
 
Last June, I wrote about SunPower’s world-record-breaking solar cells (verified by the Guinness Book of World Records folks). The latest news from the good folks at Sunpower? The Silicon Valley-based solar technology manufacturer revealed this week that its third generation SunPower® Maxeon™ solar cell (Maxeon) is now in commercial production.

This world-record efficiency solar cell delivers sunlight to electricity conversion efficiency of up to 24 percent,” the news release noted.

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“We’re pleased to move our world-record breaking efficiency solar cell from the lab into commercial production,” said Tom Werner, SunPower president and CEO.

Here are some more details on SunPower’s top solar cells:

“SunPower’s new Maxeon all-back contact solar cell measures 160 mm in size and produces more energy per square meter when compared to conventional crystalline solar cells.  The new cell has low reverse-bias breakdown voltage to deliver better performance in shady and dusty conditions, and better temperature coefficient for increased energy harvest in hot environments.  The new Maxeon solar cell offers improved aesthetics with a consistent, homogenous, sleek black look.”

Source: SunPower

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is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy since 2009. Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he's the founder and director of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity. To connect with Zach on some of your favorite social networks, go to ZacharyShahan.com and click on the relevant buttons.



  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dennis-Smith/1262650794 Dennis Smith

    congrats for Sun but we can minimize costs by building it ourselves as in the instuction on this site http://dess.me/GrnEn

  • jstack6

    The 22.4% efficiency rating was confirmed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). And, the testers identified that they could actually operate 5% more efficiently.

  • Edward Kerr

    How does the cost compare?

    • http://cleantechnica.com/ Zachary Shahan

      they aren’t the cheapest. basically, in some situations, the higher efficiency should pay off, and in others not.

  • tibi stibi

    what Wp will the pannels be (with what size)?

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