New PV Module Efficiency Record by Q-Cells

Engineers at German PV company Q-Cells have succeeded in designing a module with an efficiency of 15.9% using next generation of polycrystalline cells. The company claims this is a world record for mass-produced cells manufactured according to common industrial standards.

The module, which has an output of 249 W, has already been tested and certified by an independent institute, the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems in Freiburg. It was created in Q-Cells’ own module test centre in Thalheim, where a team has been researching the interaction at the interface between the solar cell and the module for almost a year.

With an efficiency of up to 17%, the cell is expected to be launched on the market in 2010 after the development phase has been finished. Q-Cells foresees further increases in the efficiency rating by then.

“The efficiencies already achieved are only the beginning. We are of course delighted with this achievement, which is after all a world record. Particularly in such difficult times as the present, this is evidence that we should continue to focus strongly on technology”, said Anton Milner, Chairman of the Executive Board at Q-Cells SE.

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