Indian solar module manufacturer Vikram Solar has announced the availability of three new product lines for pre-order in the United States. The panels all have the capability of reaching 400 W and feature half-cell and bifacial designs. Vikram Solar was named a top performer inÂ PVELâ€™s 2019 Reliability Scorecard earlier this year on the damp heat, dynamic mechanical load sequence and potential induced degradation (PID) tests.
â€śVikram Solar continues to be a global solar industry leader in module reliability and performance warranties, and we look forward to expanding further in the U.S. with these powerful product options,â€ť said Gyanesh Chaudhary, Managing Director and CEO, Vikram Solar.
SOMERA Grand Ultima Max half-cell modules: Power output ranges from 405 to 425 W, and the modules have a 27-year linear power warranty, with shipment to the U.S. market starting January 2020.
â€śThe SOMERA Grand half-cell module offers superior price performance. Half-cells generate only half the current of standard cells, which lowers heat generation and increases reliability and production. Yet the manufacturing process for the half-cells adds little to the cost, making the SOMERA Grand Ultima Max an excellent choice for applications requiring maximum output at a cost-competitive price point,â€ť said Jay Sharma, Country Managing Director, Vikram Solar Americas.
The moduleâ€™s technological advancements include a high-performance encapsulation which optimizes internal reflection and allows the module to harvest more light; lower interconnect resistance between cells, which minimizes power losses; and the use of three split junction boxes with individual bypass diodes to reduce internal resistance and improve heat dissipation.
SOMERA P-Duplex frameless bifacial modules:Â The 72-full-cell bifacial modules range from 375 to 400 W output. The modules have a 30-year linear power warranty, with U.S. shipments starting in January 2020. The moduleâ€™s duplex design uses UV-resistant substrates on both sides, which increases output, and features near-zero PID due to its highly resistive encapsulant and frameless design, which also minimize moisture ingress.
The glass-glass design is ideal for environments with fluctuating temperatures and snowy winters. It is also perfectly suited for high-moisture environments such as floating solar energy systems.
SOMERA P-Duplex framed bifacial half-cell modules:Â These bifacial modules come with a transparent backsheet with a power output ranging from 390 to 420 W.Â The modules are backed by a 30-year linear power warranty, with U.S. shipments starting in March 2020. Equipped with DuPontâ€™s Tedlar-based transparent backsheets, these low-weight modules can be easily installed with minimal changes to standard mounting methods.
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