SolarWorld introduced its 270-watt-peak Sunmodule solar panel at Solar Power International in Orlando. Manufactured at the company’s plant in Hillsboro, Ore., the mono-crystalline panel taps advanced light-capture and energy-conversion technologies to achieve industry-leading power density in a 60-cell format, SolarWorld says.
The light-capture and energy-conversion technology platforms underlying the panel include more advanced technology on the front of the cell to convert more light into electricity, modifying the back of the cell to increase electrical conductivity and adding anti-reflective glass coatings that transmit more light while withstanding environmental degradation.
SolarWorld has increased its power density from 250-watt-peak to 270-watt-peak in less than 12 months.
“SolarWorld is among the first manufacturers to bring 60-cell solar panels to market at these power densities,” says Kevin Kilkelly, president of SolarWorld Americas. “Other manufacturers who promote a 270-watt module have done so in a 72-cell configuration, which requires more mounting hardware, area and labor and can increase the total cost of a solar installation.”
The 270-watt and 265-watt Sunmodule solar panels include a 25-year linear warranty and 10-year product workmanship warranty. The panels have a versatile frame accommodating both top-down and bottom-up mounting, eight possible grounding locations and extended cable lengths for easier installation.