Suntech (STP) Announces New World Record In Conversion Efficiency

Suntech just announced that is has a achieved a new world record for conversion efficiency in a multi-crystalline silicon PV module.  Suntech’s Pluto PV cells powered with the module, which achieved 15.6% efficiency in tests that were independently confirmed by Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Germany.

In a press release, Dr. Stuart Wenham, Suntech’s Chief Technology Officer, explained the importance of the achievement:

“This is a tremendous result for Suntech and clearly demonstrates the power and versatility of the Pluto technology, which can be applied to both mono and multi-crystalline wafers. The fact that this module was produced on our commercial scale production lines using regular solar grade silicon is of particular note. The best news is that we believe there is still room for plenty more improvement in Pluto as we push the boundaries of technology development to bring more powerful and reliable solar products to market.”

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