Amonix, the leading designer and manufacturer of concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) solar power systems, announced that they have successfully converted more than one third of direct sunlight into electricity.
In May of this year, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) confirmed an outdoor operating efficiency rating of 33.5% for an Amonix module, breaking the previous 30.3% record also held by Amonix.
Over several days of on-sun testing conducted by NREL, the module efficiency peaked at 34.2%. This is the highest efficiency ever reported under real-world, operating conditions for a solar PV module.
“This is a huge milestone for Amonix and the CPV industry,” said Vahan Garboushian, Amonix Founder and CTO. “We have been at the forefront of CPV technology breakthroughs and have consistently proven that CPV offers the highest efficiencies of all solar technologies in the right operating conditions with plenty of headroom. Amonix is focused on driving CPV costs down and breaking efficiency records in the near future.”
This record-breaking module efficiency rating is now internationally recognized as the gold standard in renowned publications as well as the most recent Solar Cell Efficiency tables publication, Version 40, released in August. Sarah Kurtz of NREL also cites this highest efficiency rating in her 2012 annual “state of the CPV industry” publication, “Opportunities and Challenges for Development of a Mature Concentrating Photovoltaic Power Industry.”
“While the mainstream PV industry has made critical reductions in large-scale production costs and incremental improvements in power-conversion efficiencies, much of the world is unaware of the dramatic progress that has been made by CPV companies toward achieving high power-conversion efficiencies,” said Sarah Kurtz, Reliability Group Manager at NREL. “Achievement of > 33.3% efficiency for a commercial module is an important milestone — the Department of Energy once targeted this goal (‘One-third of a sun’) for a major initiative. It is exciting to see this goal accomplished, especially in light of the opportunities for further efficiency improvements and the expectation of low costs associated with large-scale manufacturing.”
Amonix is the recognized leader in designing and manufacturing concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) solar power systems that require no water in power production, use land better, and produce more energy per acre than any other solar technology. With the longest track record of real-world CPV deployments in the industry, Amonix is proven to be the best choice for solar power systems in sunny and dry climates. Amonix is located in Seal Beach, California.