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Fraunhofer Sets New Solar CPV Module Efficiency Record

Originally published on Sustainnovate.
By Henry Lindon

New Solar CPV Module Conversion Efficiency Benchmark Achieved By Fraunhofer ISE

A new solar conversion efficiency world record for concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) solar modules has been achieved by researchers at Fraunhofer ISE, 2014 Zayed Future Energy Prize winner in the nonprofit category.

The new the world record conversion efficiency for a CPV module of 43.3% was achieved through a “mini-module” composed of 4-junction solar cells.

The Director of Materials, Solar Cells, and Technology at Fraunhofer ISE, Dr Andreas Bett, commented: “This value is a new milestone in the history of CPV technology and demonstrates the potential available for industrial implementation (of the technology).”

The current solar cell conversion efficiency record for CPV cells (46%), rather than modules, was also set by researchers at Fraunhofer — along with partners Soitec and CEA-Leti — back in 2014.

Further details concerning the new record-making CPV module design will be revealed at the upcoming CPV12 International Conference on Concentrator Photovoltaic Systems in Freiburg, Germany — which will run from April 25–27, 2016.

Image Credit by Fraunhofer ISE


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