According to the Korean Herald, Samsung Electronics has successfully opened its crystalline silicon solar cell pilot line in Giheung, South Korea with conversion efficiencies at the high-end of the current cell producing leaders. An unidentified spokesperson for the electronics giant told the newspaper that the cell conversion rates were between 15 and 20%.

Although details remain thin on the ground, Samsung was said to be mulling over when to begin volume production, while reiterating plans to be a solar cell market leader by the end of 2015.