High-efficiency PV module manufacturer REC Group has downplayed any potential impact its business may have in Europe after the Düsseldorf Regional Court in Germany decided to affirm Hanwha Q CELLS' patent infringement case on solar cell passivation techniques that can be used in PERC (Passivated Emitter Rear Cell) technology.
The Regional Court of Düsseldorf, Germany has confirmed Hanwha Q CELLS patent ‘689’ infringement case against two major ‘Solar Module Super League’ (SMSL’s) members, JinkoSolar and LONGi Solar, as well as PV module manufacturer REC Group.
‘Solar Module Super League’ (SMSL) member Q CELLS was able to double the number of ‘Top Performer’ awards in PVEL’s ‘2020 PV Module Reliability Scorecard’ from five in the 2019 report to 10 in the latest report, which was also the manufacturer's fifth consecutive year of participation.
This article continues our series of features introducing new methodology that allows leading PV module producers to be categorised, ranked and short-listed by manufacturing and financial strength metrics; ultimately providing an investor-risk (or bankability) profile of bankable module suppliers for non-residential end-market selection.
Q CELLS has expanded its direct marketing of solar power to business customers in Germany, with PV plants of 100kWp, upwards. Showcased at Intersolar Europe 2019, Q CELLS is offering turn-key solutions for small and medium-sized businesses in Germany.
‘Solar Module Super League’ (SMSL) member, Hanwha Q CELLS, Q PEAK DUO high performance module series received ‘Top Performer’ recognition in the 2019 PV Module Reliability Scorecard, which is published by PV Evolution Labs (PVEL) in partnership with DNV GL.
PV manufacturers JinkoSolar, LONGi Solar and REC Group have recently filed petitions for inter partes review (IPR) of U.S. Patent No. 9,893,215 B2  with the US Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) in response to Hanwha Q CELLS patent infringement cases announced in early March, 2019.
According to Hanwha Q CELLS, the US International Trade Commission (US ITC) has voted to begin an investigation of alleged patent infringement by JinkoSolar, LONGi Solar, and REC Group, in relation to its US  patent on solar cell passivation layer structures.