I had a chance to stop by TSMC Solar Ltd. last week at Solar Power International in Orlando. The company recently announced it has successfully manufactured 14.2% efficient solar modules using its R&D and pilot production line at TSMC’s highly-automated manufacturing facility located in Taichung, Taiwan. These panels have entered the UL and IEC certification process with availability expected early in 2013.
TSMC has also achieved rapid improvement in its production solar modules, which are currently and consistently achieving 13% solar module efficiency. With this progress, the TS CIGS Series product lineup has been upgraded to span 130W – 140W solar panels.
“These significant improvements achieved since entering pilot production in March of this year demonstrate our ability to make rapid technology advancements. We are confident that our focus on technology improvement will enable us to continue driving efficiencies significantly higher for the next few years,” said Ying-Chen Chao, President of TSMC Solar.
Since commencing customer shipments in April this year, TSMC solar modules have been sold to customers in the major solar markets worldwide including Germany, Italy, USA, China and India.
“Customers appreciate the TS CIGS Series all-black aesthetics, energy yield advantages in hot climates and the additional yield contributed by plus-sorting and light soaking benefits,” said Stephen McKenery, TSMC Solar Worldwide Sales Head.
TSMC Solar Ltd.