Thursday, May 3, 2012

Breakthrough: World’s most efficient solar panel | SmartPlanet

Breakthrough: World’s most efficient solar panel | SmartPlanet:

North Carolina’s Semprius Inc. and its German backer Siemens said they have developed the world’s most efficient solar panel.
The prototype converts 33.9 percent of the sunlight that hits it into electricity, according to separate press releases from the two companies. That’s more than double the most efficient conventional photovoltaic (PV) module on the market, where performance tops out at 16 percent, Forbes magazine found late last year.
It beats the previous laboratory best of 32 percent, Semprius said, citing testing and certification from Spain’s Instituto de Energia Solar at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. Semprius late last year announced a breakthrough in the 41 percent efficient solar cells it builds into its modules. Cells typically are more efficient than the overall module.

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