First Solar has teamed up with Intermolecular to establish a collaboration and licensing agreement that is aiming to accelerate the efficiency roadmap for CdTe modules using Intermolecular’s High Productivity Combinatorial (HPC) platform. The new program will see First Solar use the HPC platform to carry out its CdTe efficiency experimentation at speeds up to 100 times faster than traditional methods.

It is hoped that the program will open up new opportunities in critical materials and processes that could well affect CdTe’s conversion efficiency. The research work will be carried out at both Intermolecular’s San Jose, California facility and in First Solar's research and development labs.

"We are excited to engage in this ongoing collaboration with Intermolecular," said Raffi Garabedian, First Solar’s CTO. "Further improving our world-record CdTe conversion efficiencies remains a strong lever to reduce the cost of solar energy. We evaluated Intermolecular's HPC platform and technical team in a trial collaboration, and this experience confirmed the suitability of the platform for our purposes."