Suntech has launched its new generation high-efficiency ‘HiPerforma’ product line with the introduction of HiPerforma Pluto Vdm-295 and HiPerforma Wdm-245. Both products utilize Suntech’s advanced ‘Pluto’ cell processing technology that allows cells to absorb more sunlight and generate more electricity.
Problem: Continued cell technology advances are required to provide lowest cost per watt. High efficiency modules enable wider adoption and open new markets as costs reduce. High reliability also enables longer warranty periods and better, more consistent performance warranties, leading to positive power tolerance figures.
Solution: HiPerforma modules benefits not only are higher efficiency than industry standard cells but lower temperature coefficients and higher power output per watt installed due to an improved spectral response. This results in up to 12 % higher power output based on same nameplate power. The new HiPerforma Pluto Vdm-295, a 295W panel utilizing 72 6-inch multicrystalline cells, is ideal for both commercial rooftop and utility-scale electricity generation, having a conversion efficiency of up to 15.2%. The new HiPerforma Pluto Wdm-245, a 245W panel utilizing 60 6-inch polycrystalline cells has a conversion efficiency of up to 14.8%. Its universal format combined with an optimum temperature behaviour making it suitable for a wide variety of applications. The HiPerforma Pluto Ade-200 is designed for small residential roofs. HiPerforma Ade-200, the 5 inch mono 72-cell variant with a conversion efficiency of up to 15.7%, was introduced to the market earlier. The new modules extend the product portfolio with polycrystalline products.
Applications: Commercial rooftop and utility-scale electricity generation.
Platform: The products have a 25-year power output warranty that warrants 6.7% more power than the standard industry warranty. In addition, the panels feature 0/+5% positive power tolerance and have been built to withstand all weather conditions, including 3.800 Pascal wind load and 5.400 Pascal snow loads, well above IEC standard requirements.
Availability: September 2011 onwards. Available first in Europe.