Hanwha Q CELLS will begin mass production of its new bifacial solar module – the Q.PEAK DUO L-G5.3/BF – in the third quarter of this year.
The first shipments of the Q.PEAK DUO L-G5.3/BF solar module are planned to be delivered to an as-yet undisclosed large ground-mounted solar project in October, with a global commercial rollout of the bifacial modules scheduled for the beginning of 2020.
This announcement follows a key milestone in the market development of Q CELLS’ technology roadmap. This month, the company surpassed 15 GW of Q.ANTUM cell and module production volume with the production of the three billionth Q.ANTUM cell. Q CELLS first commercialized the proprietary Q.ANTUM cell technology – a PERC-based module produced using a unique, patent-protected passivation technology – in 2012, and has since enjoyed global success with a range of boundary-breaking Q.ANTUM modules.
The next step on the Q.ANTUM roadmap is integrating bifacial technology into high-efficiency Q.PEAK DUO modules, which will be ushered into the market by Q CELLS later this year.
“Whenever Q CELLS decides to introduce a new product to the market, we want to be sure that, 1) the markets demand this type of technology and, 2) the product meets the Q CELLS standard of performance and quality, thus actively building upon our brand’s reputation for market-leading quality and innovation to further push the envelope of solar technology,” said CTO Daniel Jeong. As bifacial, monocrystalline half-cut cells manufactured utilizing Q CELLS’ proprietary Q.ANTUM Technology, the new Q.PEAK DUO L-G5.3/BF module does just that, delivering a very high module efficiency of close to 20%, and a bifacial energy yield gain of up to 20%.
The Q.PEAK DUO L-G5.3/BF is also a double glass (glass-glass) module manufactured with a white grid on the rear-glass for optimal energy harvest, due to a very high front-side power of close to 400 W. Because of this high front-side power, a bifaciality factor of 70% means a rear-side power of up to 280 W, making the Q.PEAK DUO L-G5.3/BF an attractive proposition for developers seeking high energy yield. This power boost is augmented by the use of a special junction box that has been designed to reduce rear-side shading, and a 35-mm high-tech aluminum alloy frame that not only helps to protect the glass edges and corners from damage, but also makes the module compatible with a wide range of mounting structures.
The glass-glass composition further ensures that the cells are securely protected, helping to lower the likelihood of cell breakage that can occur when cells bend under mechanical loads. Each glass pane is just 2.0-mm thick, thus ensuring that the module is lightweight, making it easier to install, ship and store.
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