Claiming to be closing the gap with mainstream polycrystalline silicon module technology, Solar Frontier’s latest champion CIS thin-film module has reached a conversion efficiency of 14.6%

The PV manufacturer said that the rated capacity of its 1257mm x 977mm sized module has been certified by Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) at 179.8W and was produced at its Kunitomi Plant in Miyazaki, Japan.

“Champion modules are a key validation of technology transfer from Solar Frontier’s laboratories,” said Solar Frontier CTO, Satoru Kuriyagawa. “This is the kind of result we look for in the production factory once we have confirmed experimental results and simulation in our pilot plant at Atsugi Research Center.”

The company said that 2013 marks the 20th anniversary of R&D on CIS technology at Showa Shell Sekiyu, Solar Frontier’s parent company.