Having just officially opened its first facility, N-type (bifacial) monocrystalline solar cell and module producer, Mission Solar was said to have achieved average cell efficiencies of 19.7%, according to one of its key technology supplier’s, RENA.
Initial cell efficiency target was said to have 19.5% and was achieved ahead of schedule after one month of ramp-up of Mission Solar’s 100MW line in San Antonio, Texas.
“The installation and ramp-up of the new equipment and its dedicated processes over the last 4 months was very successful so that the target cell efficiency of 19.5 % and above was achieved earlier than planned,” said Konrad Vosteen, Head of Project Management at RENA.
The 19.7% cell efficiencies derived from licensed technology from Dutch research outfit, ECN under the branded ‘n-Pasha’ cell technology in partnership with RENA, Amtech Systems (Tempress Systems BV) and others.
“The n-Pasha technology is a big step in producing high efficiency solar cells at an attractive cost structure for our customers”, noted Jürgen Gutekunst, RENA’s CEO. “And with this successful start-up of the production line at Mission Solar Energy, RENA shows again that it continues to be one of the leading suppliers for wet etching, cleaning and plating production machines with cutting edge technology for the PV industry.”
Mission Solar is planning to expand capacity to 200MW in 2015.