LONDON – TSMC Solar Ltd. (Taichung, Taiwan) has announced that it has made solar conversion modules based on copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) technology with an efficiency of 14.2 percent. The modules were made using its R&D and pilot line inside TSMCs' wafer fab in Taichung.
The panels have been entered into the UL and IEC certification process and are expected to be available for sale early in 2013, TSMC Solar said.
"We are confident that our focus on technology improvement will enable us to continue driving efficiencies significantly higher for the next few years," said Ying-Chen Chao, president of TSMC Solar, in a statement.
Since commencing customer shipments in April this year, TSMC modules have been sold to customers in Germany, Italy, USA, China and India.