Blue Square Builds 14.6% Efficient UMG Solar Cell

Blue Square Energy (BSE), a developer and manufacturer of silicon solar cells, announced that it has produced a 14.6 percent efficient solar cell with its patent-pending Bright Point technology. BSE’s efficiency result is one of the highest in the world on upgraded metallurgical grade (UMG) silicon and has been verified independently by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

“This proves that inexpensive silicon typically considered unsuited for the solar industry can be utilized to create solar energy that is price accessible for most Americans,” said Joseph Babin, CEO of BSE. “Solar modules made with our Bright Point technology will soon be the best choice for those who care about our environment and their wallets, and want to save both.”

BSE’s Bright Point technology has a two part structure. A fine layer of high-grade silicon is placed on top of 4N UMG silicon, which differs significantly from the solar industry’s silicon norm by way of cost and availability.

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