Canadian Solar announced at the Solar Power International 2009 event that not only have its CS5A and CS5P solar module series set a new record in the PV USA (or PTC) ratings, but the company has also successfully tested cells produced with enhanced selective emitter (ESE) technology. The company expressed confidence that it will be able to enhance the conversion efficiencies of the cells to 18.5% for monocrystalline and 17% for polycrystalline.
Dr. Shawn Qu, chairman and CEO of Canadian Solar, commented, “Canadian Solar continues to advance the field of photovoltaics through our commitment to R&D. The record-setting PTC efficiencies of our High Performance CS modules are a clear validation of the progress we’ve made to bring high-quality products and long-term reliability to real solar projects around the world. Our ESE technology is a breakthrough in terms of the efficiency and value we bring to our customers. We will continue to invest in R&D and manufacturing processes, allowing us to further increase our module efficiency, while improving cost structures and driving down the cost of solar.”
The CS modules were tested in June and July of this year and set new PTC rating records for P-type silicon modules. The high-performance modules have ratings of 190W and 250W and are available for immediate delivery. Canadian Solar is also taking orders for cells and modules with the ESE technology, with delivery set for early 2010.