April 28 (SeeNews) - TSMC Solar Ltd said Tuesday it has achieved 16.5% efficiency for commercial-scale copper indium gallium (di)selenide (CIGS) thin-film solar modules, just a day after another firm claimed a world record with 16% efficiency.
The solar business of chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Inc (NYSE:TSM) announced that German product safety quality inspection group TUeV SUeD had already verified the 16.5% module total area efficiency.
The record was achieved by TSMC Solar’s CIGS champion C2 module, made using existing manufacturing equipment and materials at the company's factory in Taichung, Taiwan. TSMC Solar’s prior record of 15.7% was set in 2013.
On Monday, German engineering group Manz AG (ETR:M5Z) announced it had achieved 16% efficiency for CIGS thin-film solar modules and that it is now aiming to surpass 17% in the near future.
Also today, TSMC Solar introduced its new TS-CIGS Series Model C2 HV module with nameplate power spanning 150 W to 165 W, designed for the North America MW-scale market.