Blue Square Energy (BSE) announced its production of a 14.6 percent efficiency solar cell using its Bright Point technology. The result is the highest on upgraded metallurgical grade (UMG) silicon and was verified independently by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).
“What we’ve been able to accomplish is a major milestone towards achieving our goal of creating low-cost solar energy for homes and businesses,” said Joseph Babin, CEO of BSE. “This proves that inexpensive silicon typically considered unsuited for the solar industry can be utilized to create solar energy that is price accessible for most Americans.”
BSE’s Bright Point uses a two-part structure: a fine layer of high-grade silicon placed on top of 4N UMG silicon. The company states that its long-term goal is to eventually manufacturer the world’s highest efficiency, yet lowest cost cells.