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Published on February 19th, 2009 | by Ariel Schwartz


Mitsubishi Breaks PV Cell Efficiency Record

February 19th, 2009 by  

Mitsubishi has broken its own photovoltaic cell efficiency record in a seeming attempt to ensure domination over the solar energy industry. The company has improved the conversion efficiency rate of its PV cells to 18.9 percent— only a slight increase from the previous record of 18.6 percent.

Mitsubishi achieved its latest feat by using a patterned layer on the rear surface of the cell to reflect infrared solar rays onto the device. The same honeycomb-like pattern is on the front surface of the PV cell as well.

The record-breaking cell will be introduced on Mitsubishi PV models beginning this April.

Photo Credit: Mitsubishi 
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