Records 21.44% maximal efficiency-new record for solar tech at a wide scale.

We are not only launching the mass production of high efficiency solar cells with a maximal efficiency of 21.44%, but also introducing a differentiated solution to cope with Light Induced Degradation (LID) issues of P-type solar cells.

These are the words of K.C Lin, research and development director at global solar products manufacturer, Gintech, in a press release issued last week.

In the release, Gintech announced that it has achieved average power efficiency of 21.10% with a maximal efficiency of 21.44% by developing a Passivated Emitter Rear Cell technology (PERC).

Gintech claims the technology accredited by the Taiwan Industrial Technology Research Institute improves the cost performance ratio of the firm’s solar cells.

Commenting on how the technology operates, Mr. Arthur Hung, R&D Manager of Gintech Energy, said “We have developed the third generation of our PERC solar cells technology, and applied the second generation of our PERC solar cell technology on the launch of high efficiency solar cells products, optimizing Laser Doping Selective Emitter and Fine Line Metallization on the front side, and cooperating with ITRI to optimize Rear Side Passivation on the back side.”

The solar energy solutions provider says it has piloted the new technology developed under R&D funding from Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs.

Global development of solar technologies

Meanwhile, in other solar tech. development news,US solar and DR associations merged to improve operations.

In mid November 2015, the US Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) joined with the Association for Demand Response and Smart Grid (ADS) to operate as one organisation.

The move followed an agreement reached by the boards of both associations, that they could increase participation in the evolution of the electricity business by providing support to their members as a single organisation.

According to SEPA, the unification was part of its initiative to expand operations by shifting focus from utility integration, of only large scale and distributed solar, to a broader view including a suite of distributed energy resources.

SEPA said it was confident its engagement in the collaboration will expand its operations as distributed energy resources will cover technologies associated with solar, such as storage, advanced inverters, demand response and smart grid, reported PennEnergy.

The two organisations planned to re-brand their partnership with a new name reflecting the organisation’s expanded mission.

According to Howard Smith, ADS chairman of the board, three members of the ADS board of directors will sit on the SEPA board whilst all other members of the ADS board will transition to a new SEPA advisory board on demand response and smart grid.

Julia Hamm, SEPA President, said the collaboration means ADS member companies will join a roster of more than 1,000 utilities, technology vendors, project developers, government agencies and other energy stakeholder organizations in the SEPA network.