Today, Entech Solar, a leader in concentrating solar energy systems, announced that it has entered into a research contract with Fraunhofer USA’s Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSE) to evaluate the feasibility of incorporating high-efficiency back-contact silicon solar cells into Entech’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 Entech’s products.

“Our engagement with Fraunhofer demonstrates Entech’s commitment to producing the most efficient, highest quality concentrating solar products available,” commented Frank Smith, CEO of Entech Solar. “This contract supports the Company’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.”