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Chinese researchers build kesterite solar cell with certified efficiency of 14.2%

A group of researchers led by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) has fabricated a kesterite (CZTSSe) solar cell that achieved a maximum power conversion efficiency of 14.6% and a certified efficiency of 14.2%. “The performance of kesterite solar cells is mainly limited by the defect-induced charge loss,” the research’s corresponding author, Qingbo Meng, told pv magazine. “We …

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JinkoSolar hits highest conversion efficiency with 182 mm TOPCon module

JinkoSolar has announced a new conversion efficiency record for its 182 mm N-type TOPCon solar module. TÜV SÜD said that it achieved a conversion efficiency of 25.42%. “This further reinforces our confidence that N-type TOPCon technology is the most competitive technology choice for sustainability and, as a result, has substantial growth potential,” said the Chinese …

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JA Solar takes top spot on WoodMac’s list of PV module manufacturers

Wood Mackenzie has released its PV module manufacturer rankings for 2023. The company said it evaluated 30 manufacturers on nine criteria: manufacturing experience, manufacturing capacity, vertical integration, capacity utilization rates, technology maturity, R&D, financial conditions, adherence to environmental social governance (ESG) and corporate social responsibility (CSR), and availability of third-party certifications. JA Solar grabbed the top spot in the …

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Longi presents 24.4%-efficient 660 W HPBC solar panel

Chinese solar module manufacturer Longi has unveiled a new module series based on its proprietary hybrid passivated back contact (HPBC) cell technology. “Longi’s first-generation BC products were primarily positioned for the rooftop market, but the second generation of BC is entirely different,” the company said in a statement. “The Hi-MO 9 panel is mainly positioned for the ground-mounted utility …

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Longi introduces 630 W HPBC photovoltaic modules with 23.3% efficiency

Chinese solar module manufacturer Longi has unveiled a new module series based on its proprietary hybrid passivated back contact (HPBC) cell technology. The company has yet to explain exactly what HPBC is, but it is believed to be an extension of p-type interdigitated back-contact (IBC) technology that combines the structural advantages of PERC, TOPCon, and IBC solar. Additionally, BC …

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New MPPT technique based on improved snake algorithm

A group of researchers from Lanzhou Jiaotong University in China has developed a maximum power point tracking (MPPT) technique based on an improved snake optimizer (ISO) algorithm. The ISO is a swarm-intelligence-based optimization algorithm proposed in 2022 to improve the typical shortcomings of the snake algorithm. The latter is inspired by the behavior of snakes …

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Longi announces 27.30% efficiency for heterojunction back contact solar cell

Chinese solar module manufacturer Longi has achieved a power conversion efficiency of 27.30% for an HBC solar cell. Germany’s Institute for Solar Energy Research (ISFH) has confirmed the result. The new efficiency record beats the previous world record of 27.09%, which was also set by Longi at the end of last year. At the time, Longi said the result was …

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Longi releases wafers for TOPCon, heterojunction, back-contact cell tech

Chinese solar module manufacturer Longi Green Energy has unveiled new wafers designed for cell technologies such as tunnel oxide passivated contact (TOPCon), heterojunction (HJT), and back-contact (BC). Wang Yichun, product R&D director for Longi’s wafer division, said that new wafers offer comprehensive platform compatibility, high resistance consistency, and effective impurity absorption as key advantages. The manufacturer said …

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Solar module prices remain steady amid unchanged market fundamentals

The Chinese Module Marker (CMM), the OPIS benchmark assessment for TOPCon modules was assessed at $0.121 per W, unchanged week to week while mono PERC modules from China were assessed at $0.112/W, stable from the previous week amid unchanged market fundamentals. The past few weeks of price hikes in the Chinese market saw a slight …

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