Their confidence and commitment continue to pay off – for itself, its partner Hanwha Q Cells and the industry, which continues its search for innovations in the production process.

The most recent 1366 achievement a 20.3% efficient champion cell based on its Direct Wafer and Passivated Emitter Rear Contact technology, which puts it among the higher numbers in the industry.

Fraunhofer ISE CalLab confirmed with independent tests, as well as a 20.1% average efficiency for PERC cells produced on a pilot line with partner Hanwha Q Cells.

“Our strategic partnership with Hanwha Q CELLS is paving the way for a solar future where high-efficiency cells are realized at a substantially lower cost,” said Frank van Mierlo, CEO of 1366 Technologies.

Van Mierlo also stated that the company is “Rapidly closing in on” a 21% efficient cell, in collaboration with Hanwha’s Q.ANTUM cell technology.

1366 produced the wafers at its headquarters Bedford, Massachusetts, and Hanwha finished the cell fabrication at Hanwha Q CELLS’ Center for Technology, Innovation, and Quality in Thalheim, Germany.

There is still no word on when 1366’s new commercial-scale facility in Upstate New York will be mass-producing wafers.