Most ice cream scoops balanced on a cone, highest jump by a llama, longest cat in the world, are all world records that have been broken. Tracking these records is The Guinness World Records, compiled annually, and in fact a world record holder itself as the best-selling copyrighted book of all time. From the unusual facts to the practical, many world records are broken each year.
A more practical world record, for power conversion efficiency, was set by energy manufacturing and logistics company, Phillips 66. Phillips 66 has accomplished the feat with its organic solar cells technology. A polymer-based organic photovoltaic (OPV) technology, the solar cells can be printed using low-cost manufacturing processes, and do not contain hazardous materials like lead or cadmium as is used in other technologies. This technology advances solar module development that is flexible, lightweight, and transparent.
Merl Lindstrom, Vice President of Technology at Phillips 66 stated that, “This breakthrough in efficiency brings us closer to the possibility of commercializing this promising form of solar technology, and continuing to increase the ability of OPV to convert power with high efficiency will one day make this energy source more affordable for the consumer.”
Phillips 66’s world record-holding solar cells came in with a 11.84 percent efficiency: a world record and a meaningful step towards cost effective renewable electricity generation.
And, for the record: ice cream scoops on a cone is 121, highest jump by a llama is 3 feet 10 inches, and longest cat is 3x the size of the average cat at a whopping 3 feet 10.6 inches. Proving you really do learn something new every day!
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