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TSMC produces 14.2% efficient CIGS solar modules

9/6/2012 05:07 PM EDT
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krisi
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re: TSMC produces 14.2% efficient CIGS solar modules
krisi   9/7/2012 5:10:56 PM
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14.2% for CIGS is a very high number for a thin film technology...I think this is higher than CdTe

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chipmonk0   9/8/2012 6:17:40 PM
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Theoretical conversion eff. limit for CIGS thin film, as predicted by NREL of DOE ( Boulder, CO ), is as high as 18 % ( as compared to 24 % for single xtal Si ) but only up to 16 % has been demonstrated so far in lab samples. Because it has 4 components and separates into many quasi-stable phases depending on processing, CIGS thin film is a notoriously difficult material to control and shows variation in conversion eff. Many US companies have been struggling with this for years. What I would like to know is what sort of production rate and yield TSMC is managing to get at their Pilot Line. Otherwise this report is just PR flak.

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KB3001   9/9/2012 3:13:19 PM
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The yield is indeed an important information here. I doubt it's great otherwise they would have disclosed it!

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GroovyGeek   9/11/2012 2:11:21 AM
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A semi company publicly disclosing yield? Don't think so... At least not in any concrete way

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