Wuxi Suntech boosts efficiency of HyPro silicon solar cells
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Chinese solar products maker Wuxi Suntech said Thursday it has reached conversion efficiencies as high as 20.82% and 19.11% for its monocrystalline and polycrystalline HyPro solar cells, respectively.
The result was tested by the National Center of Supervision and Inspection on Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Products Quality. The achievement comes only two months after Wuxi Suntech launched its high-efficiency HyPro monocrystalline silicon cells, which had a 20.5% initial conversion efficiency then.
The company uses these cells along with Sunways inverters in its 60-cell and 72-cell HyPro modules, which have 290-W and 330-W outputs, accordingly. In other words, this 20-W average power increase is 7.4% and 6.5% higher than the industry standards, the manufacturer explained in a press release.
Wuxi Suntech was the main unit in China of Suntech Power Holdings before it was acquired by Shunfeng International Clean Energy Ltd (SFCE). “Through the full integration and synergy of SFCE's comprehensive solar technologies spanning the entire solar value chain, the group can increase engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) customers' investment returns by 3%,” it noted.