Yingli improved efficiency by 0.3 percent through partnership with Picasolar

Chinese Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited announced an update on the partnership with Picasolar Inc. and the progress being made to deploy an innovative Hydrogen Super Emitter (HSE) into pilot production under the US Department of Energy’s »Sunshot« program. Within the first year of the partnership, absolute efficiency improvements exceeding 0.3 percent demonstrated on production cells and key reliability testing has been performed at third-party laboratories. According to the company, current work is focused on further improvements in cell efficiency, demonstrating cell-to-cell process uniformity, and scaling up the manufacturing equipment.
»The technology developed by Picasolar not only improves conversion efficiencies but also enables us to further optimize the grid spacing to save on silver,« said Sergiu Pop, Director of Business Development for Yingli Americas.
Yingli Americas partnered with Picasolar Inc in 2016 and the collaboration received a $2 million »Sunshot« award with the goal of moving the selective emitter technology to production for n-type solar cells. The US Department of Energy »Sunshot« Initiative is a collaborative national effort that drives innovation to make solar energy fully cost-competitive with traditional energy sources before the end of the decade.

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