Another solar efficiency record : 43.5 %


As Treehugger reported last week, the Japanese company Sharp has broken another record : 43.5 percent of efficiency, to be compared with their previous record, 36.9% efficiency which had been reached in November 2011.

Typical solar panels in the market today still have around 15 or 20 percent of efficiciency. But research is breaking records after records. The goal to reach being fifty percent as Treehugger noted.

The Sharp super efficient solar panels use three layers and combine rare earths like indium and gallium. Such high efficiency panels are used by satelittes and may end up on Earth one day…

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