Q-Cells SE announced that it has achieved an efficiency of 13.4% for mass-produced copper-indium-gallium-selenide (CIGS) thin-film solar modules manufactured via monolithic integration.
The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) has confirmed an efficiency of 14.7% (aperture area) for a Q-Cells Q.Smart UF solar module manufactured by Q-Cells' subsidiary Solibro GmbH. The efficiency, measured in February 2011 by Fraunhofer ISE in Freiburg, Germany confirmed a power output of 100.3 watts peak (Wp) under standard test conditions.
The Q-Cells Q.Smart UF solar module, with an area of 0.75 square metres (m²), reached a total area efficiency of 13.4%. Moreover, with an aperture area of 0.684 m², the module's aperture area efficiency is 14.7%.
The Q.Smart UF is the unframed CIGS solar module from Q-Cells. Due to its homogenous black surface it is appropriate for visual aesthetics and building-integrated installations and suitable for private and small to medium-sized commercial and industrial rooftop and in-roof installations.
The unframed modules are self-cleaning, making them appropriate for flat roofs and façade solutions.