Efficiency Advances

Avancis in Germany has achieved a new efficiency record for encapsulated copper-indium-sulfide thin-film modules, confirmed by NREL at 16.6 percent on a 30-cm by 30-cm sample.

JA Solar in China has exceeded 19 percent conversion efficiency with a multicrystalline silicon solar cell. Module-scale production is slated for the second half of 2014.