Solar Frontier breaks thin-film efficiency record with lab-scale cell

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on reddit
Share on email
The 1cm squared cell beat the previous record by 0.3%. Source: Solar Frontier.

PV manufacturer Solar Frontier has set a new thin-film cell efficiency record of 22.9%.

The result, on a 1cm2 cell, was achieved in partnership with Japan’s National Research and Development Agency’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO).

The record was verified by the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) and is 0.3% higher than the previous record set by Germany’s ZSW.

The cell uses Solar Frontier’s Copper, Indium and Selenium (CIS) architecture with enhancements via “absorber engineering and enhanced surface treatment of the absorber layer”.

The company claimed it was further evidence of the ongoing potential CIS technology improvements.

In other Solar Frontier news, the company has sold its 66MW Midway I project in California. The buyer is Spanish developer and operator X-ELIO, which is owned by giant private equity firm KKR.

“We have partnered with Solar Frontier's expert team since May, and worked hard in creating an extremely competitive capital structure,” said Jorge Barredo, CEO, X-ELIO. “We are now ready to deploy capital at any stage of the project lifecycle, from development to operation and we rely on a growing team of highly experienced people to develop our pipeline, forge partnerships with other development companies, and become a major player also in the United States,” he added.

Read Next

July 26, 2021
Support for distributed energy resources (DERs) like rooftop solar, community solar and battery storage could save Californian ratepayers US$120 billion over the next 30 years, according to a new report
July 23, 2021
As solar continues to proliferate and spread into new markets, the technology is finding itself operating in tougher climates than ever before. PV Tech talks to research institute QEERI to learn more about the heightened risk of soiling in the desert, the growing prominence of abrasion and some surprising results from temperature coefficient testing.
July 22, 2021
US Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer has failed in a bid to fast-track the US’ US$1.2 trillion infrastructure investment bill through the Senate. But there remains hope that further progress could be made as early as next Monday, when some Republican senators believe the bill will be fit to proceed.
July 21, 2021
A round-up of the latest stories from the US solar market, featuring news of EPC Signal Energy and tracker provider Nextracker being selected for a 728MW solar portfolio in Texas and California, and Longroad Energy completing a financing package for its 200MWdc solar project in Arizona.
July 16, 2021
The California Independent System Operator (CAISO) has almost 80GW of solar and 148GW of storage in its interconnection queue.
PV Tech Premium
July 15, 2021
Earlier this week the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) published its 2021 Annual Technology Baseline (ATB) document, detailing the continued reduction in the levelised cost of electricity (LCOE) of the country’s core generators. Liam Stoker takes a look at the data and discusses just how cheap solar, and solar-storage, could become.

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