1366 Technologies reports 19.9% efficiency using Direct Wafer and Hanwha Q CELLS solar PV cell technologies
Silicon wafer manufacturer 1366 Technologies (Bedford, Mass., US) on March 8th, 2017 announced a new performance record for its Direct Wafer technology with the achievement of 19.9% solar cell efficiency through 1366’s ongoing technical partnership with Hanwha Q CELLS.
The result, which was independently confirmed by the Fraunhofer ISE CalLab, clearly demonstrates the rapid efficiency gains that are possible with 1366’s kerfless, drop-in 156 mm multicrystalline wafers and Hanwha Q CELLS Q.ANTUM passivated emitter rear contact (PERC) cell process.
“Our efficiency is improving at a rate that’s nearly double that of the rest of the industry,” comments Frank van Mierlo, CEO, 1366 Technologies.
1366’s technical roadmap now shows a clear path to cell efficiencies significantly higher than sawn High Performance Multi (HPM) technology, making Direct Wafer products superior for both their cost and technical advantages.
1366 Technologies supplies products for first commercial solar PV array
Also on March 8th, 2017 1366 Technologies announced that Japan’s IHI Corporation, through its wholly-owned subsidiary IHI Plant Construction Co., Ltd (IPC), has begun construction on a 500 kW solar PV installation that will feature more than 120,000 wafers made with 1366’s Direct Wafer process.
The array, located in the Japanese prefecture Hyōgo and consisting of IEC-certified modules fabricated by a Tier 1 manufacturer in China, is the world’s first commercial installation to include the Company’s wafers. 1366 managed the module procurement to support this project with IHI Group.
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