JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. (Nasdaq: JASO) announced today that it is working to commercialize a new generation of solar products using silicon ink technology from Innovalight, Inc.
Innovalight, Inc., a privately held firm based in Sunnyvale, Calif. recently announced that it has demonstrated a record 18% conversion efficiency using silicon ink technology and conventional silicon wafers. Results were independently certified by two of the world’s recognized solar cell testing centers, the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) in Germany.
Innovalight is venture capital-backed and has also received significant development funds from the United States Department of Energy.
JA Solar is currently developing silicon ink-based solar cells at its R&D pilot line in Yangzhou, China with plans for initial commercialization in 2010.
"Innovalight’s silicon ink in conjunction with JA Solar’s leadership in high volume solar cell manufacturing with demonstrated yield, conversion efficiency, and low production costs, provides a very promising solution to enhance the conversion efficiency of solar cells utilizing our existing solar cell manufacturing lines," said Qingtang Jiang, JA Solar’s chief technology officer. "JA Solar will continue to invest in new technologies to stay at the forefront of the solar sector," he added.
JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. sells its products to solar manufacturers worldwide, who assemble and integrate solar cells into modules.
In January, Innovalight and Roth & Rau AG (R8R.DE) announced the completion of a silicon-ink based solar cell production line, which they said was the first in the world.