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Published on May 25th, 2012 | by Zachary Shahan


MiaSolé Sets New World Record for Flexible PV Module Efficiency

May 25th, 2012 by  

Another day, another solar world record set. I think I need to start a page of solar world records — would be a useful resource, I imagine. The latest is from MiaSolé, which has set a new world record of 15.5% area efficiency for flexible PV solar modules. Here’s more info from MiaSolé:

“MiaSolé, the leading manufacturer of copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) thin-film photovoltaic solar panels, today announced that the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has confirmed a 15.5 percent aperture area efficiency on commercial size flexible PV module (total area 1.68m2).  MiaSolé’s record represents over 2 points of improvement compared to the previous world record for flexible PV of 13.4 percent set earlier this year.”

Read more here: MiaSolé Sets Flexible PV Efficiency World Record at 15.5 Percent.

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  • Wow, an absolute 2% improvement in only one year (a relative 15%).

    This is very impressive, other players would be happy to have such big efficiency jumps.

  • Matt

    I do like your ideas of a “new record” link, since they are coming so fast. Then you can just point to in in each week/bi-weekly round up. Something like
    – 5 new records this week, see new record page for details “link”

    Its a real headache to have to see all the records broken. 😉

    • haha 😀

      yeah, just need to round them up and include others that haven’t been broken so recently.

      want to actually create a ‘solar power facts’ and ‘wind power facts’ page, not like the resource pages we have, but just bullet points of facts.

  • Captivation

    Any kid who has ever touched a 60 watt light bulb knows that it can represent a lot of heat after it operates for a while. Using the 15.5 percent efficiency and 1000 watts per meter standard for sunlight, this 60 watts of heat could be produced on only 39% of a square meter of material using this flexible technology. My current winter jacket is bigger than this. Perhaps my next winter jacket will have a thermostat and a voltage meter?

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