July 9 (Renewables Now) - US thin-film solar cells maker MiaSole announced today a new world record for large area flexible photovoltaic (PV) efficiency at 17.44%.
The California-based manufacturer of lightweight, flexible and shatterproof solar cells said in a statement that the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) had independently confirmed a 17.44% aperture area efficiency on a commercial size flexible PV module with an aperture area of 1.08 sq m.
This was recognised as a new certified record large area CIGS module in the latest Progress in Photovoltaics compendium of PV records, the announcement says.
MiaSole noted it produced the cells and record module at its facility in Santa Clara, California. The company explained that its manufacturing process deposits CIGS on a flexible substrate using high-speed physical vapor deposition (PVD).