American Elements produces a full line of silicon, CIS, CIGS, and CIGSS-based photovoltaic materials. We have supplied research materials to many university based solar energy research programs, as well as the commercial research efforts at First Solar and Applied Materials.

Innovation Case Study #3: First Solar Builds Next-Generation Solar Panels Using American Elements Cadmium Selenide

#3: First Solar Builds Next-Generation Solar Panels Using American Elements Cadmium Selenide


The Challenge

When First Solar sought to improve the efficiency of its cadmium telluride-based thin film solar cells, it sought alternative n-type layers.


The Innovation

As part of the program, First Solar reached out to American Elements during the development phase to create suitable II-IV crystals for testing.


The Result

First Solar’s efforts lead to the launch of its state-of-the art TetraSun™ module which incorporates CdSe into the n-type layer.