Published on October 2nd, 2012 | by James Ayre0
Silevo’s Triex Hybrid Solar Cell Has Reached 21% Conversion Efficiency at Production
The solar cell innovator and photovoltaic (PV) solar module manufacturer Silevo recently announced that its Triex™ solar cell technology won The Solar Industry Award 2012 for Excellence in Innovation. The Triex technology is a powerful hybrid solar module that is able to perform with very high efficiency and ‘low temperature coefficients’ while costing considerably less to produce than was previously possible.
The Solar Industry Awards were created to cast a spotlight on the people, products, and services that are continuing to develop innovative manufacturing practices and products that “demonstrate technological development towards grid parity while reducing overall cost.” Silevo’s winning of the award follows closely on the heels of its announcement that it has reached a conversion efficiency greater than 21 percent “with its Triex solar cells at its high volume manufacturing facility—one of the highest across the solar industry.”
“Silevo is honored to be presented with The Solar Industry Award for our advancements with Triex technology,” said Zheng Xu, founder and CEO of Silevo. “Now that we’ve begun commercial production of Silevo cells with greater than 21 percent conversion efficiency, this award reflects our determination to develop and bring to market a technology that makes sustainable, widespread solar adoption viable for the energy market. Silevo’s Triex technology is the first offering that can bring significant balance of system (BOS) savings, as well as an increased energy yield.”
The Triex technology is the first hybrid solar solution that mixes “high-performance crystalline silicon N-type substrates, thin-film passivation layers and a unique tunneling oxide layer—all in a single solar module, that is powered by breakthrough ‘tunneling junction’ architecture.” When these three materials are combined they allow the Triex module to deliver very high conversion efficiency and very competitive costs.
“The Solar Industry Awards continue to reward and recognize the people, process and products that make up the global PV and solar industry,” said David Ridsdale, editor in chief of Solar International. “Now in their fourth year, the awards are voted for by the industry ensuring these awards are decided by the industry. Silevo’s Triex technology exhibits the complexity and comprehensiveness of the PV market and was selected as a winner due to the confidence of the awards selection panel in recognition of the perceived value Silevo’s technology can add to the industry.”