Q CELLS, one of the largest solar cell and module manufacturers in the world, will reveal prototypes of its first ever gapless solar modules at the 2019 Solar Power International (SPI) exhibition in Salt Lake City, Utah. With its high-performance premium solar modules, the company is aiming to further strengthen its leadership position in the U.S. residential solar market.
But there is also much more.
Gapless solar modules
The Q.PEAK DUO BLK ML-G9 and the Q.PEAK DUO XL-G9.2 are Q CELLS’ first ever gapless solar modules, developed for greater power output and efficiency. The Q.PEAK DUO BLK ML-G9 is an all-black module composed of 132 gapless half-cells with 12 bus-bars. With the use of larger M4 wafers and a gapless design that enables the addition of 12 more cells than the usual 120 half-cells, the Q.PEAK DUO BLK ML-G9 can deliver maximum power output of up to 380 Wp, as well as industry leading efficiency of up to 20.2%. With high power and efficiency and sleek all-black aesthetics, this gapless module prototype is an ideal addition to Q CELLS’ portfolio as it seeks to build on its leadership position in the residential solar market.
Accompanying the Q.PEAK DUO BLK ML-G9 will be its larger gapless cousin, the Q.PEAK DUO XL-G9.2 – a prime module for ground-mounted solar plants thanks to its 156 half-cell composition that delivers a maximum output of up to 455 Wp and efficiency of up to 20.6% with only a slight increase in module size.
Q CELLS will also unveil its Energy Storage System (ESS) for the U.S. market with an all-in-one brand solution. Q CELLS’ hybrid ESS inverter system, the Q.HOME+ ESS HYB-G1, can connect ESS systems both in DC and AC-coupled configurations for new and retrofit projects. The system comes with a flexible modular battery, providing a range of 4.3 to 18.9 kWh energy capacity, which is able to cover most residential applications. The Q.HOME+ ESS HYB-G1 will solve one of the biggest challenges in troubleshooting solar module, inverter, and ESS failure by identifying sources of product malfunction from a single entity and service under Q CELLS.
Additional highlights of the Q CELLS booth will be the Q.PEAK DUO BLK-G6+ with a guaranteed 25-year product warranty. Manufactured with M4 size larger wafers, the Q.PEAK DUO BLK-G6+ has a maximum output of up to 345 Wp and offers long-term reliability with one of the lowest degradation rates in the industry, which guarantees 85% initial performance in the 25th year of performance.
Also on display at SPI will be the company’s Q.PEAK DUO L-G5.3/BF, Q CELLS’ first bifacial solar module. This glass-glass module has a white grid and no mid rail to ensure the highest efficiencies and a power output of 400 Wp, making it a cost-effective solution for utility-scale solar plants.
All of the solar modules and energy storage system showcased at SPI are ideal solutions for meeting the high performance demands of both the dynamic U.S. residential solar market and the growing commercial and utility-scale sectors.
All of Q CELLS’ DUO half-cell modules boast optimized shading performance, which is a vital feature for many rooftop installations where space can be at a premium. The upper and lower sections of the module can operate independently, reducing the impact of shading and thereby increasing energy yields even on small rooftops. This range of solar modules also meets high-quality standards based on the Company’s Q.ANTUM Technology, which includes 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.
— Solar Builder magazine