Gallery: Sanyo Unveils World’s Most Efficient Solar Module HIT-N230


Electronics giant Sanyo recently announced the development of what they are claiming is the world’s most efficient solar module. Called the HIT-N230, the new module has an impressive energy conversion efficiency of 20.7% which is unprecedented in the market.

How did Sanyo achieve this feat? According to Akihabara News’ report, the leader in solar module manufacturing increased the number of solar cell tabs from 2 to 3 and made each tab thinner. They also applied AG coated glass, which allows “light trapping” or reduction of reflection and scattering of light.

While the N230 is getting the most attention for its high efficiency, Sanyo has another model in the N series – the N225 (225W) – and both are scheduled to be launched in Japan in Autumn 2010.

Via Akihabara News


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  1. abatra July 22, 2010 at 10:13 am

    Great Achievement

  2. rdc.arch June 16, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    i think what you are missing is that the technology you are referencing is scientific research, not commercially available technology – until those productsare brought to market they essentially do not count – there have been other high-efficiency success stories that have failed to make it to market for one reason or another . . .
    until it is commercially available i cannot put it on a building, in a car, or anywhere else, making Sanyo\\\\\\\’s offering the most efficient available – unless i am missing something . . .

  3. bcandell June 15, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    I’m confused… 20.7 percent is the “world’s most efficient”?

    What about Spectrolab’s 40 percent efficient solar panel –

    Or Caltech’s new solar tech that converts 85 to 96 percent –

    Am I missing something here?

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