Choosing solar modules may be one of the most important decisions you make as you plan your installation, and 2013 was a banner year for advances in module technology, aesthetics and reliability. Here are just some of the module products shown at the shows in 2013.
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MAGE: POWERTEC PLUS 250 PL US ACPV Module
The U.S.-assembled MAGE SOLAR ACPV is an ARRA-compliant, ETL-listed plug-and-play module that reduces installation time up to 30% compared to regular DC versions. High-efficient MAGE POWERTEC PLUS modules with revolutionary micro-inverter technology convert DC voltage into grid connected AC, creating up to 25% more power anywhere, anytime. All MAGE POWERTEC PLUS modules feature a signature 30 year power guarantee on both the module and the integrated mircroinverter.
Motech Americas: Sirius Solar Panels
Sirius is a new technological advance from Motech with an industry leading peak conversion efficiency over 20.5 percent, and the capability to increase efficiency and value. It is the leading product of its kind to break the 20% efficiency barrier, thus making Sirius an important option for all professionals involved in solar energy procurement and construction.
ReneSola: Virtus II Modules
The new, breakthrough, Virtus II solar module is an ingenious combination of the high quality and efficiency of Monocrystalline modules, with the lower cost of Multicrystalline modules.
ReneSola’s innovative ingot growth technology improves the uniformity of the grain size and preferred orientation, resulting in higher minor-carrier lifetime and lower dislocation density. The outcome is significantly increased cell efficiency.
SolarWorld: SolarWorld Protect
Sunmodule® Protect solar modules set new benchmarks in service life and mechanical durability. Positioned between two sheets of lightweight glass, solar cells are optimally protected against environmental factors and shear stress. This advance enables SolarWorld to extend its linear performance guarantee to 30 years, offering only 0.35 percentage points in lower performance protection over each year – one of the best performance guarantees on the world solar market.
SunPower: X-Series Solar Panels
X-Series for the residential market offers 21.5 percent solar panel efficiency. It surpasses performance of the SunPower E-Series, which placed first, second and third in Photon International Magazine’s 2012 field performance test. X-Series Solar Panels produce approximately 75 percent more energy over 25 years, when compared to a conventional solar system covering the same sized roof.
Talesun: Solar Module TP672P
Talesun Solar’s 72 cell poly-crystalline module is built in a fully-automated plant operating with state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment. This high tech production process produces consistent dialed-in precision in the final product delivering dependable quality at cost-effective prices.
Trina Solar: Dual-Glass Panels
Trina Solar’s PDG5 frameless, Dual-Glass module is UL/IEC certified to 1000V and requires no grounding. The module has two layers of 2.5mm heat-strengthened glass. Dual-glass provides a UL Fire Class A safety rating and reduces micro-cracking, PID, module warping, UV aging, and corrosion. The modules’ robust package protects cells during mechanical loading and shocks, minimizing micro-cracks that diminish module efficiency.
Upsolar: Optimized Panels
Upsolar integrated its PV modules with SolarEdge’s advanced power optimization technology, the smart solar products offer customers a full range of intelligent solutions for residential, commercial and utility scale applications.
By embedding SolarEdge’s optimizers directly into their modules during the manufacturing process, Upsolar can offer a lower balance of systems cost while maximizing roof use and power harvesting. In addition, users of the new smart products can remotely access performance-monitoring software.
Yingli: YGE-U 72 Cell Series
With a UL-certified maximum system voltage of 1000V, it simplifies permitting, reduces balance-of-system costs, and boosts system performance in large-scale projects. The YGE-Z 60 Cell Series is designed for residential and commercial applications where cost savings, installation time, and aesthetics matter most. Optimized for the Enphase System and featuring a Zep Compatible frame, it can reduce on-roof labor costs by more than 25%.