Miasole achieved module efficiency of 17.44 percent

US-based thin-film photovoltaic solar panels manufacturer Miasole Hi-Tech Corp., part of Chinese Hanergy Group, achieved a 17.44 percent aperture area efficiency on a commercial size PV module (aperture area 1.08 m2). German Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) has independently confirmed this achievement.
The cells and record module were made using the Miasole production lines in Santa Clara, California. According to the company, Miasole’s cell manufacturing process deposits CIGS on a flexible substrate using high-speed physical vapor deposition (PVD) that produces high-efficiency solar cells in a continuous and high throughput process.
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