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TSMC Solar CIGS module reaches 15.1 percent efficiency

The firm says this module sets a new world record for monolithic thin-film module efficiency. It was produced using the current manufacturing equipment and materials at the company’s manufacturing facility in Taichung, Taiwan
TSMC Solar has announced TUV SUD and UL have confirmed that its commercial-sized (1.09 m2) latest CIGS module has achieved 15.1 percent module total area efficiency.

“In just one year our process technology has made great progress. Our champion modules now have comparable module efficiency to mainstream multi-crystalline silicon modules, demonstrating TSMC Solar’s ability to realise 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,” says Ying-Chen Chao, President of TSMC Solar.

TSMC Solar S-Fab production line, located in Taichung, Taiwan

“Customers appreciate our ability to continuously improve module efficiency. In addition, TS CIGS Series modules deliver up to 5 percent additional energy yield over crystalline silicon in high temperature regions.” points out Stephen McKenery, TSMC Solar Worldwide Sales Head.

TSMC’s solar business was founded in May 2009 and is headquartered in Taichung, Taiwan.

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