U.S. solar installers can pre-order three new product lines from Tier 1 solar module manufacturer Vikram Solar, featuring half-cell modules with power up to 425 watts and a 27-year linear power warranty; and the company’s first bifacial module in both Glass-Glass and glass with transparent backsheet architecture.
Vikram Solar was named a top performer in PVEL’s 2019 Reliability Scorecard on the Damp Heat, Dynamic Mechanical Load Sequence, and Potential-Induced Degradation (PID) tests.
SOMERA GRAND ULTIMA MAX Half-Cell Modules
The SOMERA Grand Ultima Max Mono PERC half-cells ranging from 405 to 425 Wp, have a 27-year linear power warranty, with shipment to the U.S. staring from January 2020.
The module’s technological advancements include a high-performance encapsulation which optimizes internal reflection and allows the module to harvest more light; lower interconnect resistance between cells, which minimizes power losses; and the use of three split junction boxes with individual bypass diodes to reduce internal resistance and improve heat dissipation.
SOMERA P-Duplex Frameless Bifacial Modules
The SOMERA P-Duplex bifacial 72 cell frameless module ranges from 375 to 400 Wp. The modules have a 30-year linear power warranty, with shipments to the U.S. starting from January 2020.
The module’s duplex design uses UV-resistant substrates on both sides, which increases output, and features near-zero PID due to its highly resistive encapsulant and frameless design, which also minimize moisture ingress.
The Glass-Glass design is ideal for environments with fluctuating temperatures and snowy winters. It is also perfectly suited for high-moisture environments such as floating solar energy systems, which represent an enormous opportunity for solar developers in the U.S.
SOMERA P-Duplex Framed Bifacial Half-Cell Modules
The SOMERA P-Duplex Bifacial Half-Cell series with frame and transparent back sheet ranges from 390 to 420 Wp. The modules are backed by a 30-year linear power warranty, with shipments to the U.S. starting from March 2020.
Equipped with Tedlar-based transparent backsheets, these low-weight modules can be easily installed with minimal changes to standard mounting methods.
The SOMERA P-Duplex Bifacial Half-Cell module is the perfect combination of bifacial solar cells with half-cell technology. This module supports very flexible solar plant designs due to its superior performance in shadowy conditions.
— Solar Builder magazine