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20.03.2012 13:34

Q.CELLS expands C&I footprint in the UK and showcases quality and innovation at Ecobuild 2012


London (UK), 20 March 2012 – Superior technology is not only decking new rooftops in the UK, it is also going to be displayed at the Q.CELLS stand at Ecobuild in London from 20–22 March 2012 where German-based Q.CELLS, one of the world’s leading photovoltaic companies, will be exhibiting its products. Q.CELLS has a selection of photovoltaic products and solutions that are all geared to the UK market to meet the demand for a well-designed, good-looking and reliable product as well as generating consistent levels of energy even in the low light conditions often prevalent in the UK.

Jonathan Goose, the UK managing director of Q.CELLS, says: “Our strength is the technology inside our products. All of them use our own cells, developed and manufactured by Q.CELLS. Because we control this part of the value chain, we can be confident about the performance of our modules and solutions, their consistent yields and how they cope with some of the low-light conditions prevalent in many parts of the UK. Installers and distributors we are talking to like what they have seen of our products and we are proud to showcase them at Ecobuild.”

With regard to its Commercial and Industrial (C&I) business in the UK, Q.CELLS in collaboration with leading renewable energy solutions provider UFW Ltd have recently successfully delivered three C&I projects totalling 155kWp. The installations which were delivered in the last two weeks before the 3rd March FIT deadline, included two roof-top projects on the factories of a precision engineering business (Ely) and an agricultural seeds firm (Peterborough), in addition to a ground-mount system on a dairy farm (Shropshire). At Ecobuild, the star of the show is Q.CELLS’ solar module Q.PEAK, which is a 60-cell monocrystalline module with an outstanding performance of up to 260 watts (W) and a 15.9% yield. The Q.PEAK module is central to the Q.CELLS’ product portfolio. It is complemented by the aesthetic design of the Q.PEAK BLK, which shares the same high performance but has a totally black look more appealing to the grey roofs in the UK.

These modules are particularly well-suited to applications with limited space on private homes or commercial buildings. Like all of Q.CELLS’ modules and cells, the Q.PEAK outperforms most rival products and will generate a consistent and effective level of energy from an average UK roof (40 square metres). Not only will the modules generate the highest yields and make best use of the available space, they are also the safest and most reliable monocrystalline solar modules. The new Q.FLAT solution will also be showcased at the Q.CELLS stand. This is an integrated application for east/west-facing flat roofs that reduces installation time, minimises cost and maximises yields. It is a simple and cost-efficient way to turn a flat roof into a high-yield power plant. The Q.FLAT system comprises Q.PRO polycrystalline modules that integrate Q.CELLS innovative technologies and a non-intrusive mounting system. Despite its light weight, the system is designed to withstand the toughest weather conditions.

Each of the modules are produced in Europe and feature Q.CELLS’ own top-quality solar cells that use TRA.Q™ technology* (traceable quality) and because of their reliability come with a 25-year linear performance warranty as well as a ten-year product warranty. Q.CELLS’ commitment to research and development means all of its products have great benefits for installers and end users alike. One of the most important advantages is the integration of Hot-Spot Protect technology, which avoids risk of fire and Anti PID Technology, which avoids power loss due to the degradation of the induced potential. Completing a trio of products is the Q.SMART UF L, which with a yield of up to 14.7% (aperture area) is the most efficient thin-film CIGS product on the market (CIGS – copper, indium, gallium, selenium). As well as incorporating Anti PID Technology, it has an aesthetically pleasing black finish. The Q.SMART UF L works well in low light, providing 360° efficiency and generating consistent yields even on cloudy days, or on rooftops that are not south-facing or partially shaded. This makes them ideally suited to the UK. The Q in Q.CELLS stands for quality, and installers, distributors and consumers will find it in abundance at stand N3820, North Hall.


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FOOTNOTE
UFW Ltd (Underfloor Warehouse) is a Renewable Energy Solutions supplier to the UK Residential and C&I sectors, based in Blaby, Leicestershire. They are part of DCC, a leading oil & LPG distribution and business support services group (€8.6Bn turnover and 8k employees). UFW started as a distributor of Underfloor Heating, but expanded into Solar PV/ Thermal, Biomass, Heat Pumps etc and can now provide a complete service including design, quotation and installation.

* TRA.Q™ TECHNOLOGY: Q.CELLS exclusive laser marking technology applies a data matrix code to each cell for traceable quality


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About Q.CELLS
Q.CELLS one of the leading companies in the global photovoltaics industry. Its extensive product portfolio ranges from solar cells and modules to complete photovoltaic systems. Q.CELLS develops and manufactures its products at its headquarters in Bitterfeld-Wolfen, Germany, and markets them through a global distribution network. The company has a second production facility in Malaysia. More than 200 scientists and engineers at Q.CELLS pursue the rapid development of technologies in order to achieve the company’s objective: quickly and permanently reducing the cost of photovoltaics, making the technology more competitive. Close networking between research, development and production allows Q.CELLS to mass-produce innovations quickly, thereby assuming the role of a technology leader in the photovoltaics sector. Q-Cells SE is listed in the Prime Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (QCE; WKN (security identification number) 555866).

Executive Board: Dr Nedim Cen (CEO, CFO), Dr Andreas von Zitzewitz (COO, CSO) Chairperson of the Supervisory Board: Prof Dr h c Karlheinz Hornung