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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

13/05/09: New European record of 19.6% for thin film CIGS solar cells

European record: CIS thin-film solar cell efficiency
11.05.2009: This latest achievement will accelerate the further progress of thin-film photovoltaics. The Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research, Baden-Württemberg, Germany (Zentrum für Sonnenenergie- und Wasserstoff-Forschung, ZSW) has successfully transferred a more efficient coating technology, which was previously only possible at the laboratory level, to a pilot production line. By utilising an inline multistage process in its automated coating plant, the institute has set a new European record by achieving an efficiency of 19.6 percent for thinfilm solar cells from copper-indium-gallium-diselenide (CIS or CIGS for short). … Source: Zentrum für Sonnenenergie- und Wasserstoff-Forschung (ZSW)