United Solar nano-crystalline PV cell hits 16.3% efficiency

United Solar, a wholly owned subsidiary of Energy Conversion Devices, achieved 16.3% efficiency for its thin-film silicon solar photovoltaics technology, up from a previous record of 15.4%.

July 12, 2011 – GLOBE NEWSWIRE — United Solar, a wholly owned subsidiary of Energy Conversion Devices Inc. (ECD, Nasdaq:ENER), achieved 16.3% efficiency for its thin-film silicon solar photovoltaics technology, up from a previous record of 15.4%.

The triple-junction structure, tested on a small-area 0.25cm2 cell, incorporates the company’s Nano-Crystalline silicon technology. The cells will be sent to the official U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) for independent testing and confirmation. NREL has previously tested United Solar’s Nano-Crystalline technology hitting 12% initial conversion efficiency in a large-area encapsulated cell (400cm2).

The results will be reported at the Intersolar North America Conference in San Francisco, California by Dr. Subhendu Guha, Chairman of United Solar, on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at the session on “Thin-Film – Technological Advancements.”

Energy Conversion Devices (ECD) (Nasdaq:ENER) makes building-integrated and rooftop photovoltaics. The company manufactures, sells and installs thin-film solar laminates and rooftop photovoltaic systems. For more information, please visit ECD on the web at energyconversiondevices.com.

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