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US solar giant First Solar has set a new world record for efficiency in cadmium-telluride (CdTe) photovoltaic (PV) modules, achieving 14.4 per cent total area efficiency, a 1 per cent improvement on the company's own prior record of 13.4 per cent. First Solar also holds the world record for CdTe solar cell efficiency, at 17.3 per cent. (Cell efficiency measures the proportion of light converted to energy in a single solar cell, while total area module efficiency measures light conversion across a production-size, multi-cell solar module, which the company says provides "a more realistic assessment of real-world performance" than cell efficiency.) Both records were achieved using commercial-scale manufacturing equipment and materials at the company’s Perrysburg, Ohio factory.

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