Solar Frontier will feature its two newest products at PV Expo in Japan this week: Solacis neo is the world’s lightest glass substrate thin-film CIS module; SF170-S is a thin-film CIS module with an output of 170W, Solar Frontier’s highest performance mass-production module to date.
Currently, these products will be offered primarily in Japan.
Solacis neo is a slim, lightweight module using Solar Frontier’s latest CIS technology. The module is just 6.5 mm thin, virtually the same as a smartphone, and weighs only 8.0 kg. This constitutes a 40% reduction in weight from previous models. The lighter weight, advanced frameless design, increased flex tolerance, all-black appearance, and overall high quality, Made-in-Japan construction make it well-suited to rooftops. Manufacturing of this new product will begin at Solar Frontier’s Miyazaki No.2 Plant in October 2013, with shipments scheduled to start in November.
The SF170-S is manufactured using cutting-edge technology at Solar Frontier’s Kunitomi Plant in Miyazaki, Japan’s largest solar module plant. CIS thin-film modules achieve high output through low-light abilities, low temperature co-efficient, increased initial output after initial exposure to sunlight, and resistance to partial shading.
High-Output Module SF170-S.
Solar Frontier will also feature new mounting systems for residential use called Cross One mounting system for Solacis neo and SF series modules respectively. The new mounting system substantially reduces the number of mounting points needed to install CIS systems on roofs, without sacrificing safety and reliability. Cross One mounting system can cut installation time by 40%, as well as reduce the load on roofs, which means a wider range of roofs can be outfitted with solar panels.
Solar Frontier is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its CIS technology since R&D began in 1993. Solar Frontier’s proprietary CIS technology, which was developed as a next-generation module technology, currently achieves energy conversion efficiency on par with crystalline silicon technology. Thin-film CIS modules are distinguished from crystalline silicon technology by performance in real-world conditions. Their high performance has been demonstrated in field tests worldwide.
CIS thin-film modules deliver on residential market needs regarding appearance and functionality through their advanced design and performance. Solar Frontier provides customers with attractive solar energy options through aggressive R&D and improvements in mass-production technology.