First Solar is well on its way to making photovoltaic (PV) energy more affordable and efficient. Earlier this month it set another world record and exceeded its own research projections by achieving a 21.5% cadmium-telluride (CdTe) photovoltaic research cell conversion efficiency rate.
CdTe is the second most used material for PV technology, the first being crystalline silicon. Not only is CdTe a cheaper, more versatile material than silicon but as highlighted on First Solar’s website, it delivers up to 9% more energy than traditional silicon modules of equal size.
As the world’s leading PV tech provider First Solar is leading in the development and advancement of CdTe technology. “By virtue of our adaptable thin film manufacturing process and our dedication to science-based design-for-reliability,” says Chief Technology Officer Raffi Garabedian, “First Solar is unique in its ability to rapidly scale such new developments into cost-effective and reliable product.”