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 such as the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability (IoES) in Los Angeles, CA., 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 their research, 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.

Selected Products Supplied to the Solar Energy Industry

(3-Aminopropyl)trimethoxysilane (4N) 99.99% Copper Indium Gallium Selenide (CIGS) (5N) 99.999% Copper Indium Gallium Selenide (CIGS) (5N) 99.999% Silicon Oxide
(5N) 99.999% Tin(IV) Sulfide Powder (6,6)-Pentadeuterophenyl C61 Butyric Acid Methyl Ester (6,6)-Phenyl-C61 Butyric Acid Butyl Ester (6,6)-Phenyl-C61 Butyric Acid Octyl Ester
(6,6)-Phenyl-C71 Butyric Acid Methyl Ester, mixture of isomers (6,6)-Thienyl-C61 Butyric Acid Methyl Ester (6N) 99.9999% Cadmium Metal (6N) 99.9999% Copper Metal
(6N) 99.9999% Selenium Metal (7N) 99.99999% Cadmium Metal (7N5) 99.999995% Arsenic Metal (8N) 99.999999% Gallium Ingot
1,1,2,2-Tetramethyldisilane 1,2-Dichlorotetramethyldisilane 1,2-Dimethyl-1,1,2,2-tetraphenyldisilane 1,3-Diethyl-1,1,3,3-tetramethyldisilazane
2,4,6,8,10-Pentamethylcyclopentasiloxane 2,4,6,8-Tetramethylcyclotetrasiloxane Alumina Crucible Aluminium Gallium Indium Phosphide
Aluminum Silicon Foil Aluminum Silicon Slug Aluminum Silicon Sputtering Target Bismuth Ferrite
Bismuth Ferrite Sputtering Target Bismuth Telluride Bismuth(III) Oxyiodide Cadmium Diethyldithiocarbamate
Cadmium Formate Cadmium Selenide Cadmium Selenide Hollow Nanospheres Cadmium Selenide Nanotubes
Cadmium Stannate Cadmium Telluride Carbon Quantum Dots Cesium Carbonate
Cesium Lead Bromide cis-Bis(isothiocyanato)bis(2,2'-bipyridyl-4,4'-dicarboxylato)ruthenium(II) Copper Antimony Sulfide Copper Gallium Selenide
Copper Gallium Telluride Copper Germanium Selenide Copper Indium Gallium Selenide Copper Zinc Tin Selenide
Copper Zinc Tin Sulfide Copper(I) Iodide/Cesium Carbonate Admixture Formamidinium Bromide Formamidinium Iodide
Fused Quartz Powder Gallium Arsenide Gallium Indium Arsenide Germanium(II) Iodide
Germanium(IV) Iodide Graphene Graphene Quantum Dots Indium Aluminum Arsenide
Indium Arsenide Indium Arsenide Antimonide Indium Oxide Rotatable Sputtering Target Indium Oxide Shot
Indium Oxide Sputtering Target Indium Oxide Tablets Indium Phosphide Indium Phosphide Arsenide
Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) Lead Iodide Solution Lead Selenide Quantum Dots Lead Selenide Sputtering Target
Lead Telluride Methylammonium Bromide Methylammonium Chloride Methylammonium Chlorodiiodoplumbate(II) Precursor
Methylammonium Iodide Methylammonium Triiodoplumbate(II) Precursor Molybdenum Diselenide Crystal Molybdenum Telluride
Molybdenum Telluride Crystal N749 Black Dye Perovskite Quantum Dots Ruthenium on Activated Charcoal Catalyst
Silicon Ingot Silver Coated Copper Powder Tetrabutylammonium Iodide Tetrakis(ethylmethylamino)zirconium(IV)
Tetramethylammonium Chloride Tin(II) 2,3-naphthalocyanine Titanium Dioxide Paste Tris[2-(benzo[b]thiophen-2-yl)pyridinato-C3,N]iridium(III)
[60]PCBM (6,6)-Phenyl-C61 Butyric Acid Methyl Ester