Higher & Higher: The Year Starts With Solar Efficiency Improvements Across the Board
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Higher & Higher: The Year Starts With Solar Efficiency Improvements Across the Board

The PV industry continues to make progress on all fronts. Not only are global solar installations expected to grow significantly this year (see EU PVSEC Blog), solar cell efficiencies are key enablers to lowering costs for solar power as well. And in the last two months there were several impressive announcements for efficiency improvements of different cell technologies.

Look at heterojunction technology (HJT), one of the most promising high-efficiency solar cell candidates these days. The French research institute CEA achieved a 23.9% conversion efficiency for a HJT PV cell. The significance of this efficiency level is that it has been attained on a standard wafer size in an industrial environment using HJT production equipment supplied by Swiss company Meyer Burger. The CEA team manufactured 5-busbar cells on equipment that can support an hourly throughput of 2,400 cells an hour. It achieved the 23.9% efficiency over the whole surface of a standard size solar cell (244 cm²). Germany’s CalTec-ISFH certified the efficiency.

PERC, which stands for Passivated Emitter Rear Cell (PERC), has not only become the new standard for monocrystalline solar cells, this technology has also become the subject of an efficiency race of PV cell and module manufacturers. LONGi Solar has announced a 24.06% conversion efficiency for its bifacial monocrystalline silicon PERC cell based on a commercial wafer size. The integrated PV manufacturer claimed back the crown from another Chinese company JinkoSolar, which attained 23.95% in May 2018 using selective emitters and an advanced passivation scheme, superseding LONGi’s February 2018 announcement of 23.6%. While the results are very impressive, in particular regarding the large size, such record PERC cells use special features that won’t be seen in production anytime soon.

If you are working on any such interesting technology that comes with a promise of improving the output power of a solar cell device of any class, section or category, the 36th EU PVSEC - taking place in September in Marseille, France - provides the perfect platform to share your research results with the PV scientific community. You are invited to submit your solar research abstracts by 8 February 2019.

Call for Papers deadline approaches

Authors wishing to contribute to the Conference Programme of the EU PVSEC 2019, 9-13 September 2019, Marseille, France, should submit an abstract by 8 February 2019. Authors are invited to carefully read the topic descriptions and select the topic and subtopic which most closely matches the key novelty of their work. Please note that some topic areas have been renumbered and restructured.

Each abstract will be reviewed by at least three independent experts from the international PV research community. Accepted papers will be presented in either plenary, oral or visual poster sessions.

Your Conference Programme is compiled by the photovoltaic professional world.

Following submission, your abstract will be reviewed by the international EU PVSEC Scientific Committee. This distinguished group is made up of more than 200 leading experts from institutional and industrial research organisations from all over the world.


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