WINAICO develops typhoon-resistant solar module

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WINAICO has launched a new high-performance 310W 60-cell (PERC) PV module that is designed to withstand typhoon-level winds and the long-term damage caused by high and sustained vibrations that can cause micro-cracks in the solar cells. 

Problem

Located at the western edge of the Pacific Ocean, Taiwan and Japan are the most typhoon-prone countries in the world, affected by more than 30% of the world’s tropical typhoons each year. The recent Soudelor typhoon that hit Taiwan in August, 2015 devastated solar systems throughout the island, causing as much as NT$30 million (US$9.2 million) of damage to a single solar installation in southern Taiwan, according to the company. When solar installations are affected by strong winds, the modules are subjected to constant vibrations with sudden impulses of forces acting from both front and rear sides, in an alternating fashion.

Solution

WINAICO has combined two technologies uniquely available to the module producer, including the micro-crack preventing HeatCap technology, and structurally reinforced WSP frame, to create a line of typhoon-resistant solar modules specifically for typhoon-prone markets such as Taiwan and Japan.

Applications

Residential, commercial and utility-scale projects in typhoon-prone regions such as Japan and Taiwan.

Platform

WINAICO has worked with Taiwan’s leading research institute, ITRI, to perform Dynamic Mechanical Load (DML) tests to simulate the effects of strong wind on WINAICO’s HeatCap modules. HeatCap modules have been tested to endure 1000 cycles of 4000 Pa DML tests with no more than 0.18% of power degradation, while the comparison case without HeatCap degraded by 2.32%. The DML criteria of 4000 Pa is comparable to 202 km/h, level 17 intensity wind on the Beaufort scale, similar to a Category 4 typhoon. WINAICO’s own WSP frame is designed with strength and reliability by utilising an external L-key construction. Unlike the common inner L-key design, the WSP frame has no single point of weakness, and has been tested to withstand more than 7200 Pa of static Mechanical Load (ML), far exceeding the 5400 Pa requirement described in IEC 61215.

Availability

October, 2015 onwards. 

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