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New Player in Monocrystalline Modules

Posted by TUV Rheinland on Jan 9, 2017 6:00:00 PM
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In addition to polycrystalline solar modules, an esteemed manufacturer of solar modules in Germany has recently begun producing monocrystalline solar modules in premium and standard power classifications. The manufacturer has utilized the newest generation of PERC cells for the high-performance modules in the 295 to 310 Watt peak (Wp) power classes. According to test results from TÜV Rheinland, the new mono modules are more resilient than average.


Completely black modules sold by esteemed system supplier

In addition to the standard mono modules with silver frames, the company has chosen to offer completely black modules. These modules use black covering strips which hide the silver cross connections on the upper and lower edge of the module, so that the module appears completely black.

“Black mono modules are in high demand for family homes. We were especially impressed with the extremely uniform appearance of the full black module. For this reason, we are delighted that [the manufacturer] has expanded its product range,” explained the Managing Director of one of the most well-respected system suppliers of PV plants throughout Germany and Europe.

Made in Germany

The new standard mono modules with silver frames are available from distributors in the standard and in the premium power class. The completely black mono module is available in the power class of 275 to 285 Wp. Production of the premium black module featuring PERC technology with up to 305 Wp capacity, as well as the silver frame mono module in the premium power class began in mid-October and subsequently become available from distributors. All modules are produced at the manufacturer’s plant in Germany.

Test results show resilience

All monocrystalline modules from the producer passed extended stress tests by TÜV Rheinland with flying colors, exhibiting minimal degradation under a tensile load of 5,400 pascals. This demonstrates that this solar module withstands considerably higher wind loads than many other modules on the market.

In addition to this, the new mono modules performed above average regarding compressive load. With a load capacity of 6,000 pascals, they are well suited to regions with high snow loads. The new modules also fared well when tested for resistance to ammonia and salt mist corrosion. The manufacturer offers a product warranty of 12 years and a linear performance warranty of 25 years.

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