Hanwha Q Cells has announced that it was the collaborator on the PERC Direct Wafer efficiency result announced late last month.

While under development for some time, 1366 has taken major steps towards commercializing its potentially disruptive solar wafer technology.

Hanwha Q Cells has come forward as the development partner with which it achieved the impressive 19.1% cell conversion efficiency result, on the 1366 wafer.

These latest results demonstrate the potential in combining 1366´s Direct Wafer Technology with our unique Q.ANTUM technology,” said Daniel Jeong, Hanwha Q Cells global R&D head.Together they can push the efficiency limits of multi-crystalline solar cell technology while at the same time reducing the cost significantly. We’ll continue on our track to jointly mature 1366’s Direct Wafer Technology.”

That Hanwha Q Cells Q.ANTUM technology, which combines PERC processes with a number of other proprietary features, demonstrates that 1366’s wafer technology appears suitable for the production of high efficiency cells.

1366’s Direct Wafer technology takes a markedly different approach to wafer production, with wafers being formed from molten silicon, as opposed to the conventional method of sawing wafers from silicon ingots.

The disruptive nature of the Direct Wafer process is not only evident in the cost and material savings it provides, but in its ability to break the technology limitations of conventional wafer manufacturing,” said 1366’s Frank van Mierlo.