Published on March 28th, 2012 | by Zachary Shahan6
SunPower’s World Record Solar Cells Now in Commercial Production
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.
“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.”
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