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Canadian Solar beats own multi-crystalline cell efficiency record

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September 17 (Renewables Now) - Canadian Solar Inc (NASDAQ:CSIQ) today announced a conversion efficiency world record of 22.80% for a p-type large area multi-crystalline silicon solar cell.

Germany's Institute fuer Solarenergieforschung GmbH (ISFH) tested and certified the record conversion efficiency this month, a press release says. Canadian Solar is the holder of the previous record of 22.28% as well, having set it in April 2019.

The new record was achieved with a cell fabricated utilising 157 mm x 157 mm (area 246.66 sq cm) P5 silicon wafers and production-ready technologies, including Metal Catalyzed Chemical Etch (MCCE) black-silicon texturing.

“This is a milestone for our P5 technology development. It proves that our multi-crystalline silicon technology can achieve efficiencies very close to mono while still enjoying the cost advantage of multi," said Shawn Qu, chairman and CEO of Canadian Solar.

As of August 2019, all of Canadian Solar’s cell capacity has been upgraded to mono-PERC or multi-PERC.

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