Gallery: IBM Sets New World Record For Photovoltaic Cell Efficiency


Working together with Solar Frontier, Tokyo Ohka Kogyo (TOK) and DelSolar, IBM’s Materials Science team has developed an efficient and affordable PV cell made of abundant natural materials—and they have broken a world record doing it! The team created a solar semiconductor made from readily available elements such as copper, zinc, and tin (known as CZTSSo, and achieved a PV solar-to-electric power conversion efficiency of 11.1% – that’s 10% better than previous designs using this class of semiconductors.

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  1. BASE1000 January 2, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    I have read your information about IBM’s work on developing an efficient solar cell. How can I obtain more information? I have a design concept that could incorporate this technology into electric powered automobiles.

  2. bthinker August 22, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    This is single most important news in many years. Much of solars boundry is the cost of materials. With these 3 cheap materials getting 11%, HUGE deal. Huge. Thats 2/3rds the power of the peak in it’s class,3/16ths the triple junctions maximum, and it should be quarter the price of it’s class and 1/12 the cost of triple junction per watt. Very very exciting news.

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