Hanwha Q CELLS confirms 19.1% cell efficiencies with 1366’s ‘Direct Wafer’ technology

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn
Share on reddit
Reddit
Share on email
Email
Hanwha Q CELLS has confirmed that its strategic partnership to collaborate on the development of 1366 Technologies proprietary ‘Direct Wafer’ technology has resulted in its R&D pilot line achieving 19.1% cell efficiencies.

Updated: Silicon Module Super League member Hanwha Q CELLS has confirmed that its strategic partnership to collaborate on the development of 1366 Technologies proprietary ‘Direct Wafer’ technology has resulted in its R&D pilot line achieving 19.1% cell efficiencies.

Hanwha Q CELLS noted that the cell efficiency gains had been 1.4% in just seven months. 

Finlay Colville, head of Solar Intelligence said: “The announcement is particularly interesting as it shows Hanwha Q CELLS continued interest in moving the curve forward for p-type multi c-Si cell operations, by looking both at efficiency increases but also cost reductions. Until now, none of the disruptive wafering approaches has offered any great challenge to directional solidification furnaces and multi-wire sawing, with the quasi-mono approach being the last big push a few years back, said Colville.

Daniel Jeong, global R&D head at Hanwha Q CELLS said: “These latest results demonstrate the potential in combining 1366´s Direct Wafer Technology with our unique Q.ANTUM technology. Together they can push the efficiency limits of multi-crystalline solar cell technology while at the same time reducing the cost significantly.”

Although Hanwha Q CELLS is not using the wafer technology in production, it said it would continue working with 1366 Technologies to bring the technology to maturity. 

1366 Technologies expects to reach 20% cell efficiencies before the end of the first half of 2016. The company will build its first 250MW wafer production plant in 2016 with plans to expand to 1GW in future phases to bring the technology to market.

“If 1366 can succeed in scaling current manufacturing levels to the GW level, then we will have a more representative indicator of whether the cell performance can be obtained reliably in volume. Also, this will help to see what cost reductions can be achieved and how this compares to existing best-of-class ingot and wafering of multi production that has seen large costs being shaved off, in the past few years,” added Coville.

Read Next

July 2, 2021
Trina Solar has achieved a record aperture module efficiency of 23.03% for larger-area industrial silicon p-type modules, the manufacturer said.
June 28, 2021
US-based wafer producer 1366 Technologies has merged with Hunt Perovskite Technologies (HPT), with the combined company planning to bring to market tandem modules.
June 23, 2021
Finlay Colville, head of market research at PV Tech Research, explores how solar PV has become dependent on low-cost manufacturing, facilitating a dominance by China-based players, and how the industry could engage with current scrutiny of solar’s supply chain.
PV Tech Premium
June 16, 2021
As more traditional PERC cells and modules reach their limitations, Seraphim president Polaris Li discusses his company’s strategy for what he dubs the ‘post-PERC’ era of solar PV.
June 2, 2021
Solar cell manufacturer Maxwell Technologies has celebrated a record mass production efficiency for its heterojunction (HJ) solar cell.
June 1, 2021
Renewables investor Magnora AG has said it will increase its investment in perovskite solar specialist Evolar, taking a 40.7% stake in the company.

Subscribe to Newsletter

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Webinars
August 19, 2021
At 9am (PT) | 6pm (CEST)
Solar Media Events
August 25, 2021
Solar Media Events
October 6, 2021
Solar Media Events
October 19, 2021
BRISTOL, UK