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MiaSolé CIGS large module raises the bar with 15.5% efficiency

The firm says the latest efficiency gains in large area flexible PV modules has set a new industry benchmark

CIGS developer MiaSolé, has announced that the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has confirmed a 15.5 percent aperture area efficiency on one of its commercial size flexible PV modules.

MiaSolé says this result, for the module measuring 1.68m2, represents over two points of improvement compared to the previous world record for flexible PV of 13.4% set earlier this year.

"Achieving 15.5 percent efficiency is a clear validation of MiaSolé's unique and innovative approach to delivering high efficiency CIGS flexible cell technology," says John Carrington, CEO of MiaSolé.

"MiaSolé's world leading efficiency and low cost flexible PV technology demonstrates the potential of CIGS compared to silicon-based and other thin film technologies."

MiaSolé believes its proprietary cell technology is creating new and compelling opportunities for its customers by bringing high efficiencies to flexible applications. Companies in the building, vehicle and fabric integrated PV markets that were previously unable to realise the potential of solar, can now explore new and innovative applications for high efficiency, flexible solar panels.

"Along with our current capacity to deliver 14.5 percent glass modules, the NREL verification of our flexible modules highlights the progress we are continuously making against our efficiency roadmap and goal of delivering the lowest levelised cost of electricity to our customers," adds Carrington.

The cells for the device were made using MiaSolé's existing production lines in Santa Clara, California. The firm's large area flexible PV module was submitted for evaluation by NREL as part of the company's ongoing process for third party verification.

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