More Efficient Solar Cells on the Way! JA Solar Beats 19% Conversion Efficiency

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JA Solar announces its multi-crystalline silicon (multi-Si) solar cells have surpassed 19% conversion efficiency. The company plans to begin mass production of its new cells and integrate them into module assembly lines for commercial use in the second half of 2014.

 

JA Solar Holdings (Nasdaq: JASO), one of the world’s largest manufacturers of solar power products, today announced that its multi-crystalline silicon (multi-Si) solar cells have surpassed 19% conversion efficiency.

This follows the company’s announcement in August 2013 that its multi-Si cells had achieved 18.3% conversion efficiency, an industry record at the time.

 

The company achieved this efficiency using advanced cell technology recently developed by their R&D team.

 

“By breaking the 19% efficiency barrier with our multi-Si cells, JA Solar has reached yet another milestone in terms of our ability to produce high-performance solar products in a cost-effective manner,” said Yong Liu, chief operation officer of JA Solar. “The new cells are a further testament to JA Solar’s unrivaled efforts to push the boundaries of PV technology, and their superior power generation per unit of area and lower installation cost per watt will deliver significant value to customers.”

 

While higher efficiency records for various types of solar have been achieved here and there in the lab, these cells will be available for purchase soon. JA Solar plans to begin mass production of its new multi-Si cells and integrate them into module assembly lines for commercial use in the second half of 2014.

 

And higher efficiencies, coupled with better financing options and other measures, means continuing cost decreases for solar — good news for the industry.