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Norwegian firm launches solar module world-first

REC announce first commercially available multicrystalline solar module based on backside passivation cell technology

The development from REC is a step forward in technology for solar cells
The development from REC is a step forward in technology for solar cells

A Norwegian solar firm has launched a world-first for multicrystalline module technology. Europe’s largest solar module producer, Renewable Energy Corporation (REC), has launched the REC Peak Energy Plus Series module, the first commercially available multicrystalline product based on cells with backside passivation technology.

The REC Peak Energy Plus series delivers an additional five watts compared to the earlier generation products. The module has a nominal power output in watt classes ranging from 240 Wp to 255 Wp with higher watt classes possible in the future.

REC said innovative backside passivation technology improves performance by enhancing the solar cell’s response to red light. In addition to the added watt gain in midday conditions, the new module will perform particularly well in low light conditions and at high temperatures, producing additional energy during early and late hours of the day, in hazy conditions and in warmer climates.

REC modules were the top performer in the 2011 Photon Field Performance Test, producing 6 per cent more power than the test average. With the new backside passivation cell technology added, REC said the energy yield of the Peak Energy Plus modules will increase even further. The module is also easy to install with a robust and durable design.

Luc Graré, senior vice president of sales and marketing, cells and modules at REC, said: “REC is excited to launch the REC Peak Energy Plus module which shows our commitment to developing innovative products that perform consistently in all conditions to help our customers save time and money.

“We have built on the high performance of our earlier generation modules to develop a product that provides more energy per watt peak in higher temperature and in low light conditions,” he said.