CNBM New Energy Materials Research Center a public US corporation and sole owner of the world’s only independently formed tellurium mine in China, recently awarded NJIT a three-year, $1.5 million grant to establish a CdTe solar energy research center. The new center will focus on improving the applications of CdTe semiconductor materials for use in thin-film solar modules.
CNBM New Energy Materials Research Center and First Solar (FSLR)
Solar panels using thin-film technology have already proven to greatly reduce the cost per watt comparing to crystalline based first generation Si modules. First Solar, the world’s largest solar energy manufacturer in market capitalization and volume production, has achieved the 0.72 m2 panel production cost of $0.82/W with conversion efficiency of 11.2%. It is building large scale solar farms in Arizona without government subsidy. First Solar is by far the largest customer of CNBM New Energy Materials Research Center.