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Boeing subsidiary sets new solar efficiency record

Spectrolab has set a new efficiency record for non-concentrated solar cells, with its III-V cells having a conversion efficiency of almost 39%.

The cells can convert 38.8% of incoming sunlight to electricity, beating the April 2013 record of 37.8% conversion efficiency. The new record has been verified by the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Spectrolab is a subsidiary of Boeing and used the company’s semiconductor bonding technology to develop this multi-junction solar cell. Spectrolab claims this new technology could be used to provide power for spacecraft and unmanned aerial vehicles.

“Improving solar cell manufacturing technology is at the core of what we do at Spectrolab,” says Spectrolab President Troy Dawson. “We will continue to innovate new ways to achieve even better results.”

Credit: Spectrolab

Credit: Spectrolab


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