Solar Frontier hails CZTS advance

Solar Frontier linked with IBM in researching CZTS technology in 2010

Solar Frontier linked with IBM in researching CZTS technology in 2010

Solar Frontier has announced a significant conversion-efficiency breakthrough for a new type of thin-film PV technology, underscoring the Japanese thin-film giant’s ability to play the long game.

Solar Frontier has clocked a 12.6% performance for one of its development-stage CZTS cells – which substitute zinc and tin for indium within Solar Frontier’s bread-and-butter copper, indium, selenide (CIS) cells.

While CIS and CIGS cells hold the most potential for snatching the crown from Cadmium Telluride as the dominant thin-film PV technology in the years ahead, Solar Frontier – the world’s largest CIS player – is already looking beyond that.

Although CZTS is at a much earlier stage of development than CIS, zinc and copper are both inexpensive and abundantly available compared Log in to read complete article.

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