Q CELLS is launching an all-black half-cell solar module with 25-year warranty to U.S. market

Q CELLS is launching a new, all-black iteration of its popular solar module, the Q.PEAK DUO BLK-G6+, into the U.S. market in September 2019 with an extensive 25-year product warranty.

This latest version of Q CELLS’ half-cell monocrystalline solar module range is manufactured with larger cells which boast dimensions of 161.70 mm (as opposed to the 156.75 mm cell dimensions found in the G5 range). These larger cells help each module deliver up to 6% more power, meaning that the 120 cell Q.PEAK DUO BLK-G6+ version can deliver up to 345 Wp. The product is also assembled at Q CELLS’ Dalton facility located in Georgia, U.S., the largest solar module manufacturing facility in the western hemisphere.

Inside Q Cells tech

The Q.PEAK DUO BLK-G6+ solar module is an ideal solution for the U.S. residential solar market. The product also boasts optimized shading behavior, which is a vital feature for many rooftop installations. The upper and lower sections of the module can operate independently, reducing the impact of shading and thereby increasing energy yields. With the contribution of this function, the Q.PEAK DUO BLK-G6+ can generate much more power, especially on residential as well as commercial and industrial (C&I) rooftops.

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The Q.PEAK DUO BLK-G6+ also offers long-term reliability with a 25-year product warranty and one of the lowest degradation rates in the industry, which guarantees 85% initial performance in the 25th year. Furthermore, the module is manufactured using Q CELLS’ patent-protected passivation technology, which is a key ingredient in the Company’s Q.ANTUM Technology.

Additional cutting-edge technological and security features of Q.ANTUM Technology include excellent Anti LeTID (light and elevated temperature induced degradation), Anti LID (light induced degradation), and Anti PID (potential induced degradation) performance, as well as Hot-Spot Protect and traceable quality with Tra.Q laser identification to protect against counterfeiting.

“We are equally excited about the opportunity to produce this higher performing module at our new Dalton facility in Georgia, and look forward to better serving the American market with U.S.-assembled products,” states Hee Cheul (Charles) Kim, CEO of Q CELLS.

Q CELLS was recently recognized by Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables as the number one residential module provider in the industry for Q1 2019, according to data from its Q2 2019 U.S. PV Leaderboard report, following its residential market leadership in 2018. Wood Mackenzie’s U.S. PV Leaderboard is a quarterly report that publishes the market share of various players within the solar industry, including installers, financiers, inverter manufacturers, and module manufacturers. Q CELLS tops the list for 2019 YTD with 27% market share in the residential module sector, for 2018 with 14.5% residential market share.

— Solar Builder magazine

Q CELLS is launching an all-black half-cell solar module with 25-year warranty to U.S. market

Q CELLS is launching a new, all-black iteration of its popular solar module, the Q.PEAK DUO BLK-G6+, into the U.S. market in September 2019 with an extensive 25-year product warranty.

This latest version of Q CELLS’ half-cell monocrystalline solar module range is manufactured with larger cells which boast dimensions of 161.70 mm (as opposed to the 156.75 mm cell dimensions found in the G5 range). These larger cells help each module deliver up to 6% more power, meaning that the 120 cell Q.PEAK DUO BLK-G6+ version can deliver up to 345 Wp. The product is also assembled at Q CELLS’ Dalton facility located in Georgia, U.S., the largest solar module manufacturing facility in the western hemisphere.

Inside Q Cells tech

The Q.PEAK DUO BLK-G6+ solar module is an ideal solution for the U.S. residential solar market. The product also boasts optimized shading behavior, which is a vital feature for many rooftop installations. The upper and lower sections of the module can operate independently, reducing the impact of shading and thereby increasing energy yields. With the contribution of this function, the Q.PEAK DUO BLK-G6+ can generate much more power, especially on residential as well as commercial and industrial (C&I) rooftops.

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The Q.PEAK DUO BLK-G6+ also offers long-term reliability with a 25-year product warranty and one of the lowest degradation rates in the industry, which guarantees 85% initial performance in the 25th year. Furthermore, the module is manufactured using Q CELLS’ patent-protected passivation technology, which is a key ingredient in the Company’s Q.ANTUM Technology.

Additional cutting-edge technological and security features of Q.ANTUM Technology include excellent Anti LeTID (light and elevated temperature induced degradation), Anti LID (light induced degradation), and Anti PID (potential induced degradation) performance, as well as Hot-Spot Protect and traceable quality with Tra.Q laser identification to protect against counterfeiting.

“We are equally excited about the opportunity to produce this higher performing module at our new Dalton facility in Georgia, and look forward to better serving the American market with U.S.-assembled products,” states Hee Cheul (Charles) Kim, CEO of Q CELLS.

Q CELLS was recently recognized by Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables as the number one residential module provider in the industry for Q1 2019, according to data from its Q2 2019 U.S. PV Leaderboard report, following its residential market leadership in 2018. Wood Mackenzie’s U.S. PV Leaderboard is a quarterly report that publishes the market share of various players within the solar industry, including installers, financiers, inverter manufacturers, and module manufacturers. Q CELLS tops the list for 2019 YTD with 27% market share in the residential module sector, for 2018 with 14.5% residential market share.

— Solar Builder magazine

Solar module manufacturer Hanwha Q CELLS joins SEIA board of directors

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The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the national trade association for the U.S. solar energy industry, announced the addition of Hanwha Q CELLS, a leading international solar manufacturer is joining SEIA’s board of directors effective immediately.

“Hanwha Q CELLS is at the forefront of the solar industry’s cutting-edge innovation, manufacturing some of the world’s most advanced solar technologies and products with investments right here in the United States,” said Abigail Ross Hopper, SEIA’s president and CEO. “A robust manufacturing sector is critical to the health of our industry, and I am thrilled to welcome Hanwha Q CELLS onto SEIA’s board of directors.”

Hanwha Q CELLS is one of the world´s largest photovoltaic manufacturers with its high-quality, high-efficiency solar cells and modules. Hanwha Q CELLS is a fully bankable solar solution provider with a global footprint and market access.

“SEIA has played a critical role in making solar energy the United States’ top source of new power,” said Scott Moskowitz, director of strategy and market intelligence at Hanwha Q CELLS America. “As the leading residential module vendor and the largest solar manufacturer in America, we are thrilled to further our commitment to the U.S. solar industry by joining SEIA’s board.”

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Q CELLS earns Top Performer recognition in PVEL’s 2019 PV Module Reliability Scorecard

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We reported on the eyebrow raising solar module reliability issues PV Evolution Labs (PVEL) uncovered in its latest PV Module Reliability Scorecard, but we didn’t spotlight which company graded out as the Top Performer. This year’s PVEL PV Module Reliability Scorecard Top Performer was Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd. one of the largest solar cell and module manufacturers in the world — the fourth year in a row that Q CELLS has been selected for this accolade.

Q CELLS earned the Top Performer recognition with its Q.PEAK DUO series of high-performance monocrystalline half-cell modules. The Q.PEAK DUO series of modules are manufactured using the Company’s patent-protected, unique passivation technology, which is a key ingredient in Q.ANTUM Technology. For better product quality and reliability, Q.ANTUM Technology includes additional cutting-edge technological and security features like excellent Anti-LID (light induced degradation) and Anti-PID (potential induced degradation) performance, as well as Hot-Spot Protect and traceable quality with Tra.QTM, which is Q CELLS’ unique laser identification to protect against counterfeiting.

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Hee Cheul (Charles) Kim, CEO of Q CELLS, said: “We are pleased to announce that we have once again been recognized as a Top Performer by the leading testing lab PVEL. The very DNA of Q CELLS is rooted in German R&D excellence and a desire to consistently deliver top-quality renewable energy products and services. To contribute to the higher customer value and the growth of the global solar industry, Q CELLS will continue to strive towards even greater excellence in product quality and reliability with all our might.”

PVEL is one of the world’s leading reliability and performance testing laboratories in the solar industry. As an independent laboratory, PVEL tests PV modules from leading solar manufacturers annually, and publishes the PV Module Reliability Scorecard based on these test results every year. The PV Module Reliability Scorecard is recognized as one of the most comprehensive publicly available PV module reliability test results comparisons, and the title of Top Performer – that is granted to high-ranked companies – is accepted throughout the industry as a reliable mark of high product quality and reliability.

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Hanwha Q Cells pass 10 GW in cell technology production

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Hanwha Q CELLS, one of the largest solar cell and module manufacturers in the world, says it has surpassed the 10 GW threshold for production of the company’s proprietary Q.ANTUM cell technology.

This production landmark was achieved earlier this year, and Hanwha Q CELLS is on course to end 2018 having produced more than 2.5 billion Q.ANTUM solar cells since first mass-commercializing the technology in 2012. To help illustrate just how many Q.ANTUM solar cells the industry has embraced, 2.5 billion solar cells laid end-to-end would cover a distance of approximately 390,000 km – enough to circle around the globe at the equator almost ten times and roughly the distance from the earth to the moon.

Get to know Q.ANTUM

Q.ANTUM is the proprietary solar cell technology platform for Hanwha Q CELLS. Though based on passivated emitter rear-side cell (PERC) technology, Q.ANTUM offers a number of additional benefits that differentiate the technology from conventional PERC products. These benefits include high module performance output and long-term reliability thanks to excellent anti-PID (potential induced degradation), anti-LID (light induced degradation) and anti-LeTID (light and elevated temperature induced degradation) performance.

Recently, Fraunhofer CSP independently tested the anti-LeTID performance of nine different module types from leading solar manufacturers and found that Hanwha Q CELLS’ monocrystalline silicon Q.PEAK DUO and multicrystalline Q.PLUS modules exhibited <1% power loss when subjected to LeTID testing conditions. This result placed both modules as market leaders of Fraunhofer’s performance graph.

In addition to market-leading anti-degradation performance, Hanwha Q CELLS provides for all of its Q.ANTUM cells and modules excellent performance warranties, Hot-Spot-Protect and Tra.Q laser marking to ensure 100% traceability and a guarantee of the Company’s strict quality standards.

Hanwha Q CELLS has more than 5 GW of global Q.ANTUM cell capacity, which equates to one of the industry’s largest PERC-based capacities. The Company’s flagship products that are helping to drive the uptake of Q.ANTUM technology include the Q.PEAK DUO-G5 solar module range, which boasts half-cut cell technology and six bus bars to deliver efficiencies of close to 20% and power output of up to 330 Wp for 120 half-cut cells and up to 400 Wp for 144 half-cut cells.

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