Today, Entech Solar, a leader in concentrating solar energy systems, announced that it has entered into a research contract with Fraunhofer USAâ€™s Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSE) to evaluate the feasibility of incorporating high-efficiency back-contact silicon solar cells into Entechâ€™s 20x concentrating solar systems.
In conjunction with the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE), Fraunhofer will simulate, design, and test prototype back-contact silicon solar cells to potentially discover a more advanced cell with significantly greater efficiency than those Entech currently uses. Fraunhofer will also give advice regarding the future mass production of such high-efficiency back-contact cells for use in Entechâ€™s products.
â€œOur engagement with Fraunhofer demonstrates Entechâ€™s commitment to producing the most efficient, highest quality concentrating solar products available,â€ commented Frank Smith, CEO of Entech Solar. â€œThis contract supports the Companyâ€™s strategy of commercializing its existing concentrating solar modules as well as investing in next generation systems. We expect to realize significant performance improvement through this relationship.â€