New Product: Kaneka launches ‘Hybrid’ micro-crystalline thin-film module in U.S.

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Product Briefing Outline: Kaneka has introduced a newly developed ‘Hybrid’ PV module to the US market. The Hybrid PV module uses tandem junction cells, employing a micro-crystalline thin-film silicon layer and the thin-film amorphous silicon layer. The new module is said to achieve a maximum 42% higher energy conversion efficiency than Kaneka's conventional thin-film amorphous silicon PV module. The nominal power of the Hybrid PV module is 110Wp.

Problem: Customers requested a lower open circuit voltage with higher efficiency to lower the overall installed costs while delivering a higher return on investment (ROI).

Solution: The Hybrid PV module has a tandem junction cell, using a microcrystalline thin-film silicon layer on top of a thin-film amorphous silicon layer. The Hybrid PV module delivers greater performance and incorporates a lower open circuit voltage for enhanced design flexibility. These advances will enable higher kWhr energy delivery per sq.ft. (SQM) and result in a lower overall installation cost.

Applications: Residential and commercial.

Platform: Hybrid PV module features a durable backsheet, quick connect connectors, a uniform highly aesthetic appearance with black frames for a visually appealing installation. The nominal power of the Hybrid PV module is 110Wp (+10%, -5%) with the dimensions of 1210 x 1008 mm (or 47.64 x 39.69 inches). The weight is 40 lbs. (18.3 kg). The Hybrid PV module comes with a 25 year warranty on power output. The modules are certified to UL 1703 standards. Kaneka provides the Hybrid PV module certified to IEC 61646/61730 to Europe.

Availability: First quarter 2010 onwards.

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