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We invest more in R&D than any of our competitors. Our module conversion efficiency has improved more than half a percent every year for the last 10 years. With a proprietary plant control system and advanced forecasting and energy scheduling capabilities, our plants operate more like conventional power plants. Our world-record-setting thin film modules, high-efficiency crystalline silicon modules, industry-leading tracker technology, and advanced Operations Center are all examples of our determined innovation at work, resulting in more reliable, dependable, and cost-effective solar energy.
Our commitment to enabling a world powered by reliable and affordable solar electricity is reflected in the achievements of our R&D investments.
First Solar has won two new world records for CdTe PV efficiency, achieving research cell efficiency of 21% and total area module efficiency of 17%.
Our module R&D efforts remain focused on achieving the goals established in our cost and efficiency road maps in order to strengthen solar’s position in the global energy generation portfolio.
Our grid integration and plant control systems actively stabilize the electricity grid and provide advanced plant features typical of large, conventional power plants.
Both of our advanced module technologies are ideally suited for specific applications—from utilityscale PV plants to distributed generation systems.
Our single-axis tracker can increase a power plant’s output by up to 25% and deliver an energy profile that is preferred by utilities while reducing LCOE and O&M risk.
Our global operations center combines our power prediction and analytical capabilities with advanced diagnostics and plant controls in order to maximize energy output and minimize maintenance costs for our customers.
Our AC Power Block leverages 8GW of experience to deliver a power plant solution that is pre-engineered to maximize energy output and reduce LCOE.
Offering fuel reduction and cost savings with PV/fossil fuel hybrid system solutions.