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WINNER
AWARDWINNERS
SOLAR Inspiration Award : Company
First Solar is recognised for than conventional cells under
its FS Series 2 PV Modules, cloudy weather conditions. CdTe
designed for use in grid- permits simple device structures
connected, commercial and manufacturing processes,
power plants and are sold to leading to low cost production.
leading system integrators,
independent power project Front (substrate) and back
developers and utility (cover) laminated glass sheets
companies worldwide. are heat-strengthened to
withstand handling and thermally
The modules are CdTe thin induced stresses, while avoiding
film in construction that will breakage over the 25+ year
generally produce more module life.
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electricity under real-world conditions than
conventional solar modules with similar power Manufactured in highly automated state-of-the-
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ratings and the lowest cost per watt overall. art facilities certified to ISO9001:2000 quality
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and ISO14001:2004 environmental
Solar cells become less efficient at converting management standards. Tested by leading US
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solar energy into electricity as their cell and European institutes and certified for
temperatures increase. However, the efficiency reliability and safety: Safety Class II; IEC 61646;
of Cadmium Telluride is less susceptible to cell CE Mark & UL 1703.
temperature increases than traditional
semiconductors, enabling First Solar thin film Modules are life cycle managed with a
modules to generate relatively more electricity collection and recycling program, providing
under high ambient ( high cell) temperatures. module owners with no cost , pre -funded,
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The semiconductor material also converts low end of life take back and recycling of
and diffuse light to electricity more efficiently modules.
SOLAR Inspiration Award
for an Individual
Nick Sarno was instrumental in guiding one of semiconductor manufacturing. However, with no
the fastest set ups of a brown field site to technical restraints placed upon the region, as
product ever. Leveraging his vast experience at with manufacturing, China has proven they are
MEMC, Sarno took on the role at LDK at not only capable of competing with the global
a time when much of the world community when the playing field is level, but
presumed that the Chinese entry have proven they can be world
into the polysilicon market leaders. LDK has been one of the
would be beset with difficulty success stories in the polysilicon
and poor quality product. market and Nick Sarno has
This was based on China’s been a key driver within the
difficult entry into impressive team from LDK.
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