TS Solar Calyxo GmbH has once more considerably elevated the effectivity of its thin-film photo voltaic modules. The European market chief from Bitterfeld-Wolfen improved the output of its modules by round 20 % from a mean of 90 watts to 111 watts per module. The effectivity of the modules reads now 15.four % as an alternative of 13 % beforehand. Manufacturing has already began.
Along with its guardian firm TS Group, Calyxo introduced the brand new era of modules to market maturity in simply six months of growth. The efficiency of the brand new modules has been independently confirmed by Coburg Univercity of Utilized Sciences and Arts. Calyxo is the world’s quantity two producer of cadmium telluride (CdTe) thin-film photo voltaic modules.
“This additional enhance brings us for the primary time inside vary of the effectivity of polycrystalline modules, which have up to now been forward by way of efficiency,” emphasised Stephan Koehne, CEO of the TS Group. In comparison with thin-film photo voltaic modules, polycrystalline modules have the drawback that they’re much less sturdy and fewer performant in low gentle circumstances.
Köhne continued: “Our subsequent objective is to shut the hole to monocrystalline cells within the close to future. These are at the moment much more environment friendly, however rather more costly.” With the assistance of patented course of enhancements and additional investments, Calyxo intends to attain an effectivity of 18 % within the close to future to grow to be the market chief.
Calyxo is among the many few glass-glass module producers out there and based mostly on this their modules are extraordinarily sturdy and long-term secure. The standard crystalline modules normally have a plastic movie on the again as an alternative of glass, which may make these modules much less dependable, particularly in climates with scorching temperatures and excessive humidity. Along with their longer service life, thin-film photo voltaic cells additionally cope higher with shading and obtain increased yields in poor lighting circumstances. As well as, the effectivity is much less delicate to excessive temperatures. In electrical energy era, this will result in an general benefit of as much as 20 % per yr in comparison with comparable crystalline photo voltaic modules.
“The effectivity enchancment of crystalline photo voltaic modules is considerably levelling out within the close to future,” provides Dr.-Ing. Michael Bauer, Managing Director of TS Photo voltaic Calyxo GmbH. “The potential of thin-film photo voltaic cells, alternatively, is enormously excessive. In analysis, it’s assumed that the comparatively new thin-film know-how can obtain efficiencies of as much as 30 %.” Bauer added additional “In TS Group, now we have discovered a know-how
firm that is aware of and understands the market. I’m satisfied that collectively we will additional enhance the general efficiency of the modules.”