Spectrolab Hits 41.6% PV Cell Efficiency Record  

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Renewable Energy World reports on the latest solar PV efficiency record - Spectrolab Hits 41.6% PV Cell Efficiency Record.

Spectrolab Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company has set a new world record for terrestrial concentrator solar cell efficiency. The cell can convert 41.6 percent of concentrated sunlight into electricity.

The U.S. Department of Energy National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado, independently tested the efficiency of the Spectrolab cell in June, validating that it surpassed the previous record of 41.1 percent held by the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany.

"This latest record asserts Spectrolab's leadership position in high efficiency multijunction solar cells and brings the industry one step closer to achieving affordable solar electricity," said David Lillington, president of Spectrolab. "This cell is an advanced version of our lattice-matched cell technology that will be incorporated quickly and successfully into our production line. This milestone underscores our emphasis on realizing the highest efficiency cells in high-volume production."

Produced in February 2008, the new Spectrolab cell is an advanced version of the lattice-matched triple-junction technology already produced in high volumes for space and terrestrial applications at Spectrolab, which pioneered the technology more than a decade ago.

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From the Spectrolab site FAQ...

"Solar panels, not including the insulated substrate which is assumed to be customer furnished, providing a total of 5 KW (BOL, AM0, 28°C) cost approximately $400/W...."

These puppies are going to outer space.

Their price is already there.

At ~$4,000 per pound to launch into orbit the price makes sense. Putting them on your roof, not.

(Retail single-panel price has hit $3/W for regular PV panels. Thin film must be selling for well under $2 for large volume purchases.)

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