Suntech Power Holdings is targeting a greater share of the rapidly growing commercial and utility-scale PV markets in North America with the launch at Intersolar North America of two high-performance modules. Suntech introduced its ‘HiPerforma’ 245 watt (W) module using its advanced ‘Pluto’ cell processing technology, and a module using its ‘SuperPoly’ multicrystalline wafers, also developed in-house using advanced silicon ingot casting techniques, dubbed the 290W Vd-Series.
“These advanced solar technologies represent major steps forward in our mission to drive down the cost of solar electricity generation,” commented Dr. Zhengrong Shi, Suntech's Founder and CEO. “Our R&D investments have grown from US$15 million in 2008, to US$29 million in 2009, and US$40 million in 2010. Our team's 450 full-time global R&D professionals are working around the world to provide our customers with superior, high-performance solar products for every application.”
Already released to the European market, the ‘HiPerforma’ modules are expected to generate 2% to 5% more power per watt peak (kWh/kWp) over time, due to a superior spectral response and high shunt resistance.
Suntech offers a 25-year power output warranty, with 0/+5% positive power tolerance that is claimed to deliver 6.7% more power than the standard industry warranties. The product meets or exceeds UL1703, IEC 61215, and IEC 61730 standards.
Suntech's new 290W Vd-Series multicrystalline module utilizes a laboratory silicon casting technology that produces high-quality multicrystalline wafers using modified multicrystalline casting equipment. In addition to higher power output, the technology achieves lower oxygen content for multicrystalline wafers leading to strong resistance to light-induced degradation.
It comes as a 72-cell module with a 25-year power output warranty, with 0/+5% positive power tolerance, that warrants 6.7% more power than the standard industry warranty. The product meets or exceeds UL1703, IEC 61215, and IEC 61730 standards.
“Backed by Suntech's industry-leading warranty, the new Suntech 290W multicrystalline module achieves higher conversion efficiencies compared to conventional multicrystalline wafers,” said Dr. Stuart Wenham. “Our Vd-Series multicrystalline module has been one of our best-selling products for many years, and these are the types of incremental innovations that empower our customers to achieve a lower levelized cost of electricity.”
Both of Suntech America's new products will be on display for the first time at Intersolar at Moscone West Hall, Booth #8722.