SCHAFFHAUSEN, Switzerland, Sept. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd. (NYSE: STP), the world's largest producer of solar panels, will introduce a new generation of their successful 72-cell module for commercial and utility-scale electricity generation in Europe. The SuperPoly STP305-24/Ve, with 15.7 percent efficiency, is ideally suited for large-scale commercial projects seeking a low levelized cost of energy (LCOE). In addition, the new Ve-Series modules feature a slim frame design lowering storage and shipment costs by up to 16 percent.
The new modules will be available throughout Europe starting in November 2012. Suntech's SuperPoly technology achieves high efficiency by utilizing an advanced ingot casting process, which combines the benefits of mono-crystalline silicon wafers (high efficiency) and poly-crystalline silicon wafers (square wafers and better temperature performance) into one product. With 72 six-inch cells, the new 1956x992x40mm module boasts one of the highest fill factors in the industry and lowers project installation costs.
An improved design reduces frame thickness from 50mm to 40mm, providing a 1.2 kg reduction in total module weight, without compromising module stability or durability. The module is certified to withstand extreme wind (3,800 Pascal) and snow (5,400 Pascal) loads. This superior frame design not only facilitates efficient module handling and installation, but allows for more modules to be installed on rooftops with tight weight constraint, highly relevant for many industrial projects.
"Considering that solar electricity is already competitive in key European markets, the SuperPoly Ve-Series modules will continue to drive commercial sector PV growth," said Vedat Guergeli, Managing Director of Suntech Europe. "Our SuperPoly Ve-Series modules offer high-efficiency combined with excellent reliability, while the new design makes it easier to transport and install. This product will save time, effort and cost, while generating more electricity for our partners and installers."
In addition, a new texturing process has changed the cell appearance of the SuperPoly Ve-Series. Whereas former SuperPoly cells showed both mono- and poly-silicon parts, the new cell's appearance is similar to standard polycrystalline cells while maintaining the SuperPoly advantages such as higher efficiency. The new product line also features Suntech's industry-leading 25-year power output warranty, with positive power tolerance, and a workmanship warranty of 10 years.
The new Suntech SuperPoly STP305-24/Ve solar module will be on display during PVSEC 2012 in Frankfurt on September 24 - 28, 2012 at the EPIA booth, hall 3.1, booth H13.