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05.09.2011 00:00

Design module, flat roof system and world record-setting cells – Q-Cells presents photovoltaic innovations for higher yields at EU PVSEC 2011

  • Q.PEAK BLK black solar module
  • “Q-Cells Yield Security” seal of quality
  • Independent institutes have confirmed PID resistance.
  • Flat roof system with 10° elevation
  • World record-setting Q.ANTUM cell technology
  • NEW: Q-Cells solar modules meet requirements for the Italian market.


Bitterfeld-Wolfen, 5 September 2011 – Q-Cells increases and secures yields of its customers. This is the message which the photovoltaic company from the German federal state of Saxony-Anhalt is giving, introducing its innovative products at the 26th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC) in Hamburg. The presentation of new photovoltaic technologies, profitable products and applications and the company’s premium seal of quality focuses on the issues of efficiency and sustainable yields.

“The international trade fair in Hamburg is an important platform for us as a German producer to assert our claim to quality and technology leadership in the photovoltaic industry,” explained Nedim Cen, CEO of Q-Cells SE. “We are setting milestones in the industry with our range of innovative products and applications. If you trust in Q-Cells, you will have the best guarantee of maximum yields.”

The Q.PEAK BLK monocrystalline solar module combines the latest yield-improving technologies with excellent design. The all-black module consists of fully square monocrystalline solar cells, a black back sheet and a black frame. It is particularly well suited for applications with the most exacting architectural requirements due to its elegant design. Architects and solar engineers are now able for the first time to install modern, highly efficient photovoltaic systems on roofs and facades of buildings with high aesthetic requirements, for instance villas or representative commercial properties. Q.PEAK BLK also offers output of up to 255 watt-peaks, exceeding all other performance values that have previously been realised with such applications. With Q.PEAK BLK modules, owners can even achieve top yields with small areas.

Q-Cells supports its product presentations with the “Q-Cells Yield Security” seal of quality, a globally unique set of measures. Owners of Q-Cells solar plants benefit from modern quality control technologies, additional module features and extended guarantees. This means investments in photovoltaic products by Q-Cells will pay off faster compared to the offering of other manufacturers. The package includes advanced quality tests and exceptionally comprehensive guarantees, and features technologies to avoid power losses due to potential induced degradation (Anti PID Technology) and module damage as a result of local overheating, so-called hot spots (Hot-Spot Protect). Thanks to the “Traceable Quality” – Tra.QTM – laser signature technology, Q-Cells’ solar cells and modules can be traced back and are forgery-proof. The Q.SMART thin-film modules from Q-Cells offer improved product quality due to positive sorting and module optimisation, enabling an increase in output of up to 15% without incurring additional costs (Additional Power Boost). These modules also feature 360° Efficiency, making them the ideal solution for installation at unfavourable angles of inclination or when light is poor. Consequently, roofs and facades can be optimally used and plants of any orientation provide good yields. Four independent institutes and the solar companies QCells, Schott Solar and Solon have carried out an unrepresentative test and jointly developed initial test conditions for potential induced degradation of solar modules. Q-Cells and the two other German manufacturers confirmed PID resistance of their solar modules in the test. The test conditions are consistent with those Q-Cells applies to inspect crystalline solar modules for PID and ensure quality.

Another newcomer in Q-Cells’ portfolio is the Flat Roof System: It allows installing solar modules at an angle of inclination of 10°, compared to 30°, and oriented to the east and west. This prevents mutual shadowing between modules at unfavourable angles of irradiation, as often occurs with standard systems with 30° elevation. The system provides for installing modules almost across the entire roof area (more than 80%). System owners can record significantly higher energy yields. Flat roof systems have little exposure to wind and can be installed economically without causing drilling damage. The system also opens up new potential for solar applications, making it possible to install modules on commercial or industrial roofs with static or structural issues. “This flat roof system is another step towards becoming a solutions provider,” said Thomas Raadts, head of marketing and product management at Q-Cells SE.

Showcasing Q.ANTUM, Q-Cells is presenting its world record-setting cell technology to a wide range of professionals. Thanks to this technology a polycrystalline 60-cell solar module has already achieved an efficiency rating of 18.1% in the laboratory, a global industry first. The unique efficiency of this module is due to an innovative, polycrystalline 6-inch high-performance cell: Driven by the Power-Reflector on the rear panel, this cell delivered the record efficiency of 19.5% in April 2011. Q-Cells’ research and development has successfully transferred the cell concept to monocrystalline silicon material. Q.ANTUM monocrystalline cells achieve an efficiency rating of 20.2% and enable production of solar modules with record output of 287 watt-peaks. The independent calibration laboratory run by Fraunhofer ISE (Institute for Solar Energy) in Freiburg confirmed these results. In June 2011, the Industrial Initiative for Central Germany presented Q-Cells with the IQ Innovation Award for its Q.ANTUM cell concept. “The series of world records in the fields of crystalline silicon technology underscores our quality promise and is proof of our technological top position as a German producer in the solar industry,” said Peter Wawer, Senior Vice President Technology with Q-Cells SE. “One of the most powerful cell concepts on the market, Q.ANTUM will offer our customers high yields.”

Made in EU is rewarded with an extra 10%: The Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies (VDE) has confirmed that Q-Cells products comply with the Europe clause of Conto Energias IV in Italy, qualifying for a 10% feed-in tariff premium. This law establishes that 60% of value creation in producing system components has to take place in Europe. VDE issued Q-Cells with the required certificate at the beginning of September 2011. Customers who buy Q-Cells products will benefit from higher feed-in tariffs and superior European quality standards.

Employees from Q-Cells research and development department are set to give talks on research findings and trends at the EU PVSEC conference. Q-Cells can be found in hall B6, booth A38. We are looking forward to seeing you.

NOTE FOR EDITORS

Experience the new innovative products at Q-Cells’ booth (A38), hall B6, at EU PVSEC in Hamburg Congress-Centre (CCH) from 5 to 9 September 2011.
Images and further information on Q-Cells are available at http://www.q-cells.com/presse.html