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Concentrated PV (CPV) manufacturer Amonix claims to have converted a record 36% of sunlight into energy in a module trial at the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

Over a two-month period Amonix’s new-generation CPV module registered an average outdoor efficiency rating of 34.9%, but also demonstrated a peak operating efficiency of 36.2%.

The record was measured by NREL on 14 March at an ambient temperature of 16 degrees Celsius and beats the previous peak efficiency record of 34.2% set by Amonix last year.

The module uses Boeing Spectrolab 40% high efficiency solar cells and Amonix’s CPV technology.

“Amonix’s proprietary technology platform allows us to continue driving rapid performance improvements in our CPV system,” said Vahan Garboushian, Amonix Founder and CTO.

“The advances we have demonstrated over the last two years have all been with the same generation 40% cells, demonstrating an unprecedented cell-to module conversion efficiency of greater than 90%. With improvements that are underway in cell efficiency and additional advances in our module technology, we will continue to drive efficiency higher over the coming years.”

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