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Published on September 9th, 2011 | by Charis Michelsen


Toshiba Home Solar Power Modules Get 19.3% Conversion Efficiency

September 9th, 2011 by  

With so many different companies producing solar cells and solar arrays, it’s a pretty competitive field. Toshiba’s 22.6% conversion efficiency ranks near the top – in the lab. Toshiba has stated its results in the field, so to speak, are at 19.3% conversion efficiency, putting its Residential Solar Module 240W right at the top.

Toshiba’s set-up uses American SunPower solar cells, with a rear contact monocrystalline system. To reduce the loss of reflected light, it uses coated glass, which increases the active area by approximately 3% for a 240W maximum output.

Because more power is generated over the same surface area, Toshiba’s customers can either opt for a smaller array with the same power output or use the same surface area as their competitors to gather a stated 40% power increase over the course of a year.  Using the excess energy buyback program, energy costs can go way down.

My question is, when will they start sticking solar panels onto their nifty laptops?

Source: Kankyo Business
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About the Author

spent 7 years living in Germany and Japan, studying both languages extensively, doing translation and education with companies like Bosch, Nissan, Fuji Heavy, and others. Charis has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and currently lives in Chicago, Illinois. She also believes that Janeway was the best Star Trek Captain.

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