The efficiency was measured by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems in Freiburg, Germany. With a power output of 97.4 Wp under standard test conditions for a Q.SMART UF (former CIGS SL1) solar thin-film module with 0.750 m² area, a total area efficiency of 13.0% was confirmed.
Moreover, with an aperture area of 0.684 m², the thin-film solar module's aperture area efficiency is 14.2%, Q-Cells says.
The increase of average efficiency associated with the new Q-Cell record result further provides the basis for a future introduction of a new '95 Wp power class” (with positive sorting +5/-0 Wp) for the 'Q.SMART (SL1-Framed) and Q.SMART UF (SL1) solar thin-film modules within the following next months, the solar company adds.
Q.SMART UF thin-film solar module spec at a glance
- Module type: Q.SMART UF (former SL1 CIGS module)
- Power classes /efficiency: 70-90 Wp;* 9.3-12.0%
- Format (height x width): 1190 mm x 630 mm
- Thickness: 7.4 mm
- Weight: 13.2 kg
* With positive power sorting (+5W/-0W)