BP Solar has developed a new silicon growth process that significantly increases cell efficiency over traditional multi-crystalline-based solar cells, the company claims. The new technique, named Mono2, enables cells to produce 5% - 8 % more power than solar cells made with conventional processes.

This translates into an equivalent module power increase and a substantial cost reduction at the installed system level.

BP Solar plans to implement the Mono2 technique in its existing equipment with the goal to achieve large-scale production. The first modules to incorporate this process will be available in 2007.

Eric Daniels, vice president of technology for BP Solar, commented: “BP Solar’s implementation of this new growth technique will greatly improve wafer quality.”

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