TSMC Solar Reaches 15.1% CIGS Thin-Film Module Efficiency

TÜV SUD (Munich, Germany) and Underwriters Laboratories (Northbrook, Illinois, US) have both confirmed that TSMC Solar Ltd. (Taichung, Taiwan) has achieved 15.1% efficiency with a commercial-sized copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) thin film solar photovoltaic (PV) module.

image thumb1 TSMC Solar Reaches 15.1% CIGS Thin Film Module Efficiency

The 15.1% module total area efficiency record was produced with its commercial-sized (1.09 m2) substrate at its manufacturing facility in Taichung, Taiwan.

CIGS thin-film module manufacturer, TSMC Solar has boosted its champion module efficiencies to 15.1%, a 0.9% increase barely five-months after reporting efficiencies of 14.2% in September, 2012.

The 15.1% module total area efficiency record was produced with its commercial-sized (1.09 m2) substrate at its manufacturing facility in Taichung, Taiwan.

Both TUV SUD and UL testing houses verified the module efficiency levels.

"In just one year, our process technology has made great progress," stated TSMC President Ying-Chen Chao. "Our champion modules now have comparable module efficiency to mainstream multi-crystalline silicon modules, demonstrating TSMC Solar’s ability to realize the high-efficiency potential of our CIGS technology."

"Our technology’s superior competitiveness comes from its high efficiency, excellent high temperature performance and intrinsic cost structure advantages."

TSMC also states that its CIGS PV modules deliver up to 5% additional additional energy yield over crystalline silicon PV in high temperature regions. TSMC Solar is a subsidiary of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Inc. (Hsinchu, Taiwan).

Last Updated On:4th February 2013

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