Product Briefing Outline: REC has launched its first commercial product from its integrated and highly automated cell and module manufacturing plant in Singapore. The REC Peak Energy Module delivers more power per square meter due to several design improvements that include efficient cell and glass design resulting in an average increase of nine watts per module.
Problem: Product quality with reliable high power output are key requirement for large commercial rooftop and ground mounted utility-scale PV projects. There is a growing trend towards the need for fully integrated production to ensure high quality design and manufacturing standards.
Solution: The Peak Energy Module see the introduction of three bus bars and improved contact between the cell and metal fingers, which improves electrical flow, producing an average power gain of nine watts. The unique glass etching process completed in house, utilizes Sunarc technology to increase energy production by two percent. The modules are easy to install with made-to-fit cables and multiple grounding points that reduce the ground wire needed in installation. Easy to lift and handle, the modules have a robust and durable design, supporting a large mechanical load (5400 pascal). Committed to sustainability, REC modules have an industry leading energy payback time of one year. This is being reduced with innovations such as the new fluidized bed reactor (FBR) silicon production process which uses 80 to 90 percent less energy than traditional methods.
Applications: Commercial rooftop through to large-scale power projects.
Platform: Peak Energy Module’s include 60 REC PE multi-crystalline cells with 3 strings of 20 cells and 3 by-pass diodes. Glass High-transparency solar glass with antireflection surface treatment by Sunarc Technology. Back sheet is double layer high performance polyester. Module efficiencies range from 13% on the 215PE module through to 14.2% on the 235PE (235 Peak Power Watts-Pmax(Wp)), values at Standard Test Conditions STC (Air Mass AM 1.5, Irradiance 1000 W/m2, Cell temperature 25°C). A 10 year limited warranty of 90% power output and a 25 year limited warranty of 80% power output are given. A 63 month limited product warranty is also included.
Availability: The module is now available worldwide and can be purchased from distributors. REC has sales offices in Asia, Europe and the U.S.