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Suntech Achieves World Record Conversion Efficiency for a Multi-Crystalline Module

Post Time:Aug 24,2009Classify:Company NewsView:318

Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd. (NYSE: STP), the world’s leading manufacturer of photovoltaic (PV) modules, today announced that it has achieved a new world record conversion efficiency of 15.6% on a commercial grade multi-crystalline silicon PV module. This conversion efficiency surpasses the previous record of 15.5% (aperture area only) set by Sandia National Labs 15 years ago. The multi-crystalline module conversion efficiency was independently tested by Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Germany.

Suntech’s world record breaking multi-crystalline silicon module is powered by Pluto PV cells utilizing solar grade silicon with each PV cell having a conversion efficiency well over 17%. The previous record was based on an aperture area or frameless module. In contrast, Suntech’s new world record efficiency includes the framed area, without which Suntech believes it would achieve a conversion efficiency of well over 16%.

Source: solarglazingmag.comAuthor: shangyi

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