"There has been tremendous focus on improving cell efficiency and cost in the solar industry. Often, technical advancements that offer efficiency improvements are significantly more complex and costly to manufacture while innovations that serve to reduce cost result in marginal improvements to efficiency," said NREL Senior Project Manager Harin Ullal. "TetraSun's technology is special because it offers improvements in both performance and production cost at the same time."
NREL performed characterization and reliability measurements on modules manufactured with TetraSun cells and collaborated with the company's technical team to develop and implement modifications to the measured modules, contributing to improved product performance and reliability.
Leading the team for TetraSun were: Oliver Schultz-Wittmann, Denis DeCeuster, Adrian Turner, and Doug Crafts. NREL's team included Harin Ullal, Peter Hacke, Chunsheng Jiang, Richard Mitchell, Mowafak Al-Jassim and Martha Symko-Davies.
51st Year of Awards for Innovation
Since 1963, the R&D 100 Awards have identified revolutionary technologies newly introduced to the market. Many of these have become household names, helping shape everyday life for many Americans.
Winners of the R&D 100 Awards are selected by an independent judging panel and the editors of R&D Magazine. The publication and its online portal serve research scientists, engineers, and other technical staff members at high tech industrial companies and public and private laboratories around the world.
Winners will be recognized at the R&D 100 Awards Ceremony in Orlando, Fla., on Nov. 7. A list of this year's winners is available at http://www.rdmag.com.
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DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory