Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Americans set new record for solar cell efficiency











"One of the important ways to make solar energy cheaper is to improve the amount of sunlight that solar cells can convert into electricity. So it’s a big deal to see that
First Solar announced on Tuesday that it’s managed to create a record 18.7 percent solar cell, up from the 17.3 percent cell it touted in July 2011."


So writes Ucilia Wang on the popular tech site, GigaOM.

Her story also provides a quick background on the competition between U.S. and Chinese companies in developing solar panels and the debate over whether to make solar cells from silicon or cadmium-telluride.

You'll find it at:

Related solar energy news  stories: 
First Solar's news release on its new world record
Ubiquitous Energy sets focus on solar cell technology
The price of solar power


 

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