Eco-business / Social Venture

August 25, 2002


Honda Engineering Develops Next-Generation Thin Film Solar Cell

Keywords: Climate Change Eco-business / Social Venture Environmental Technology Manufacturing industry Renewable Energy 

Honda Engineering Co., Ltd. in Japan, the production-engineering subsidiary of Honda Motor Co., Ltd., has developed a next-generation thin film solar cell as well as the technology for its mass production. The new solar cells use a non-silicon compound material as primary material and their power generation cost is lower than that of conventional solar cells.

By using a non-silicon material of copper/indium/gallium/selenium (CIGS) compound thin film, the new type of solar cell reduces production energy requirements to a fraction of those for conventional crystal silicon solar cell. The photoelectric transfer efficiency of this thin film solar cell achieved the highest level so far, 20% higher than the amorphous silicon solar cell.

Posted: 2002/08/25 05:49:35 AM
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