Q CELLS, a renowned total energy solutions provider in solar, energy storage, downstream project business and energy retail, will introduce its latest innovative solar modules – the Q.PEAK DUO-G9 series powered by Q.ANTUM DUO Z Technology, mainly based on ZERO-Gap Technology – into numerous European markets over the coming weeks.
The rollout of this innovative high density module series marks the latest step in Q CELLS’ technology innovation roadmap, and includes the company’s highest power and highest efficiency solar module to date.
Zero compromise on power
The Q.PEAK DUO-G9 series are the first Q CELLS modules to use Q.ANTUM DUO Z Technology, where gaps between the cells are closed to ensure a more effective use of the module area. By closing the space between the cells, module efficiency is increased in relative terms by 4%, delivering an overall efficiency of up to 21.1%.
The number of cells contained within each module size is also increased. The Q.PEAK DUO ML-G9 version boasts 132 half-cells, 12 more than a standard module type, to deliver a module power output of up to 395 Wp. The larger Q.PEAK DUO XL-G9.3 increases the number of cells from 144 half-cells in previous iterations, to 156 half-cells, thus delivering a power output of up to 465 watts– an increase of approximately 30 watts per module. This XL version is 8.3 cm longer, but only 1 kg heavier and the same width as previous products, which helps deliver versatile mounting options and makes installation much more efficient without additional labour for installers. Therefore, the Q.PEAK DUO ML-G9 and the Q.PEAK DUO XL-G9.3 are ideal solutions for residential rooftop and commercial installations, as well as ground-mounted installations in Europe, thanks to their high power class, excellent efficiency and competitive price point.
A third version of the Q.ANTUM DUO Z range has also been developed by Q CELLS to specifically serve the needs of Europe’s enigmatic residential rooftop markets. The Q.PEAK DUO BLK-G9 packs 120 half-cells into a smaller area than most modules to deliver up to 345 Wp of power and 20.8% overall efficiency. This all-black module weighs just 17.5 kg, and is thus approximately 2.5 kg lighter than other modules with a similar power class. Therefore, they can be more easily installed on rooftops – with zero compromise on power or performance.
Further innovations featured in the Q.ANTUM DUO Z range include the use of 12 round wires to connect the cells, and larger (M4) wafers measuring 161.7 mm in size. These ingredients combine to deliver Q CELLS’ most advanced monocrystalline solar module to date; a perfect choice for customers seeking higher power density, backed by a 25-year performance warranty and Q CELLS’ industry-leading reputation for excellent quality, reliability (98% nominal power in the first year, and at least 86% nominal power after 25 years) and service.
Maengyoon Kim, Head of EU Sales for Q CELLS, said: “As Q CELLS has branched out confidently into many new areas of the energy supply chain, it has also reaffirmed its focus on the company’s core expertise – boundary-breaking solar cell and module technology. The Q.PEAK DUO-G9 module range marks another exciting chapter in the Q CELLS success story, and we are excited to begin mass producing these zero-gap modules at a global scale, and introducing it into the European markets where Q CELLS can build upon its existing reputation as a reliable and innovative provider of market-leading solar products.
“By focusing our efforts on closing the cell gaps, we offer to our customers a module range that is perfectly fit-for-purpose: it boasts extremely high power and efficiency, but is not much oversized nor unwieldy, striking an ideal balance between performance and ease-of-installation, thus ensuring a supremely competitive LCOE.”