JA Solar Holdings Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of high-performance solar cells and solar power products, has developed a new high-power multi-crystalline solar cell with an 18.2 percent conversion efficiency based on a proprietary new technology called “Maple.”
The silicon crystals in Maple cells are broader, flatter and have fewer grain boundaries than traditional multi-crystalline silicon; this results in reduced energy wastage and improved conversion efficiency. JA Solar said that Maple cells can be produced using lower-cost multi-crystalline silicon production techniques, and as a result, Maple has the potential to be used to produce a more advanced range of high-power solar modules.
Dr. Peng Fang, CEO of JA Solar, said the Maple technology creates a new line of solar modules at a low cost-to-performance ratio and that that company will continue to advance the technology.
“We are proud to announce this breakthrough in multi-crystalline-silicon solar cell technology, an achievement that clearly demonstrates JA Solar’s industry-leading R&D capabilities,” Dr. Fang stated in the press release. “By bridging the gap between the higher efficiency of mono-crystalline technology and the lower cost of multi-crystalline cells, Maple technology can drive a new generation of high-power solar modules at attractive price points. We are committed to building on this achievement to further improve efficiency and to continuing to develop industry-leading solar cell technology and innovative solar power products in support of our goal of achieving grid-parity.”
JA Solar plans to launch commercial production of the new generation solar cells in the second half of 2011, and will showcase the technology and other related solar module products at the SNEC (2011) PV POWER EXPO, in Shanghai, China, from February 22 to 24, 2011.
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