TUESDAY 21 SEPTEMBER, 2010 |
Sanyo Launches Enhanced HIT Solar Panel
Earlier this month, the European division of Sanyo announced it had bypassed its
own impressive HIT solar panel efficiency record.
Sanyo Component Europe GmbH says the new 235 watt HIT-N235SE10 now has 21.1% cell efficiency,
which offers more power generation per square metre and enhanced performance in limited space installations.
Sanyo Europe says the HIT-N235SE10 has a 18.6% overall module efficiency through
adopting the more efficient HIT solar cells, a new tab design and
anti-reflection glass. The improvements give the HIT-N235SE10 an 8.7%
increase in efficiency compared to the already impressive performance of the
HIP-215NKHE5; one of the Sanyo HIT solar panel range currently available in
The new N series utilises three tabs that reduce cell finger related electrical
loss. By using thinner tabs, the effective area is also enlarged and captures
more sunlight. The new anti-reflective glass is of special benefit in the
morning and evening when the sun is at a low position.
The New N Series modules will be manufactured at Sanyo's factory in Hungary and
initially only available to the European market. A date has not yet been
announced regarding their availability in Australia.
HIT solar panels
have been a popular choice in Australian home
installations given their high efficiency, small footprint and
excellent performance in high temperature conditions.
HIT solar panels differ to standard silicon modules in their construction. The
HIT stands for Heterojunction with Intrinsic Thin layer; a thin mono crystalline silicon wafer surrounded by ultra-thin amorphous silicon layers.
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