Sustainable Energy Technology and Würth Solar will be working on a 90kW demonstration project, which will be installed at the Lycée Technique Louis Couffignal in Strasbourg, France. Using Sustainable Energy’s Paralex system design and Würth Solar’s CIS modules, the project is part of a cooperation agreement the two companies hold that aims to provide commercial and institution customers with “parallel” solutions for rooftops in France.
“This is an important validation of the value added to thin film solar by Sustainable Energy's Paralex architecture,” said Michael Carten CEO of Sustainable Energy. “Interest in the Paralex solution for thin-film has quickly gained momentum in Europe over the past three months where there is a trend towards bundling of integrated product solutions for installers and system integrators. The Paralex solution is a key value added which differentiates the solutions from other product offerings in the market.”
Sustainable Energy notes that its Paralex system is designed to allow each module to operate at its prime power point throughout the day and independently from the other modules in the system. The company maintains that the system holds the same cost structure, reliability and serviceability as traditional string inverters, but simplifies the design and installation, which is said to lead to lower BOS costs and allows thin-film to compete more closely with crystalline rooftop systems.