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JA Solar, Innovalight reach for 20% conversion

Posted: 16 Jul 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:solar cells? nanotechnology? silicon?

JA Solar Holdings Co. Ltd has signed strategic agreements with Innovalight Inc., raising the bar for solar cell conversion efficiency.

The two companies have inked a three-year supply agreement for silicon nanoparticle ink from Innovalight for the production of JA Solar's Secium solar cells. Pilot production of the SECIUM cells began in May with commercial volume production planned in 2H 10. JA Solar has achieved conversion efficiency of 18.9 percent for its SECIUM solar cells and these results have been independently certified by The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems in Germany. The solar cells enable substantially better spectral response at short wavelengths in comparison with standard solar cells, thus, have higher conversion efficiency than conventional solar cells.

They also signed a strategic agreement to co-develop solar cells with conversion efficiencies exceeding 20 percent. Development will be performed at both Innovalight's headquarters in California and at JA Solar's R&D center in China.

Peng Fang, CEO at JA Solar commented that "We are very excited about the strong partnership we have established with Innovalight," He added, "JA Solar will continue to stay at the forefront of solar cell technology and commercial production of high-efficiency solar cells through partnerships between our internal R&D group and external partners like Innovalight."

Conrad Burke, CEO of Innovalight, remarked that "JA Solar is a world leader in solar cell production and a pioneer in advancing solar technology." He added, "I am delighted with this long-term commercial agreement as well as our plans to jointly develop new products."

Innovalight manufactures a proprietary nanotechnology-based silicon ink and licenses a proprietary platform process which allows a simple upgrade to solar cell manufacturing production lines to boost performance of solar cells and lower production costs.

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