Q-Cells Introduces Q.PEAK at Solar Power International 2011
New Product Series Offers the Highest Power Classes for Standard
SOLAR POWER INTERNATIONAL - Q-Cells SE, one of the world''s leading
photovoltaics companies, has introduced its latest series of
modules for the North American residential market. Q.PEAK is
Q-Cells'' premium monocrystalline series of modules that provides
high-efficiency, industry-leading electricity yields and an
aesthetically pleasing design for a large variety of residential
and commercial applications.
"We continue to execute against our go-to-market strategy for the
North American market with the introduction of the Q.PEAK series,"
said Marc van Gerven, managing director of Q-Cells North America.
"Our modules are more reliable with regard to long-term power
generation and our linear warranty guarantees are 7 percent higher
yield over a complete lifetime compared to the market standard
Q.PEAK also offers a yield of up to 265 Watt-peak, which has
previously not been achieved in these applications. The Q.PEAK
module thus guarantees the highest yields for the operator, even on
a limited area, This improves the customer''s return on their
energy investment and has efficiencies of up to 15.9 percent,
generating ultra-high yields and exceeding the performance of
similar products in its class.
Q.PEAK series performance is guaranteed at 97 percent in the first
year, and linear degradation of not more than 0.6 percent per year
thereafter, achieving at least 83 percent of rated output power
after 25 years. This warranty program reassures customers that
their Q.PEAK modules will continue at top performance throughout
their operational lifetimes.
Q.PEAK is among the next-generation Q-Cells solar modules based on
optimised crystalline solar cells with improved surface
metallization. Within the scope of its "Q-Cells Yield Security"
quality offensive, Q-Cells is the only photovoltaics company in the
world to have set new standards for the unrivalled reliability of
photovoltaic systems. Also Q.PEAK comes with this seal of quality,
including Q-Cells Hot-Spot Protect (HSP), which provides customers
with increased fire and performance safety, Q-Cells anti-PID
technology, which makes sure that there is no power loss caused by
potential-induced degradation and Q-Cells Traceable Quality (TRA.Q)
which ensures that Q-Cells modules and cells come with a standard
to guarantee traceability and prevent forgery.
Q-Cells established itself in North America a little over a year
ago with utility-scale projects in Ontario, Canada. Q-Cells
currently has 200 MW in the pipeline , with
over 60 MW installed in Ontario
. In June 2011, Q-Cells
introduced Q-SMART high efficiency thin film panels in the North
American market. Q-Cells North America is now moving forward
with several additional partnerships and development deals to
enforce the production of clean solar electricity. The Q.PEAK
series will be available in North America beginning November
About Q-Cells North America
Q-Cells North America, part of Q-Cells SE, designs, builds and
manages financially sustainable solar photovoltaic (PV) solutions.
The company brings a decade of global leadership in solar PV to
North America, combining best-of-world technology, processes and
partnerships to deliver utility-grade solar PV solutions customized
for local energy markets. Q-Cells North America offers the full
spectrum of PV solutions--from the core technology of cells and
modules to power plant development, design, construction,
operations and maintenance. With proven capabilities across the
solar value chain, Q-Cells North America minimizes uncertainty and
risk, and helps customers achieve a higher return on their
investment in solar energy. For more information about Q-Cells
North America, please visit www.q-cells.com.
About Q-Cells SE
The Q-Cells Group is one of the world''s leading photovoltaics
companies and offers a wide range of photovoltaic solutions, from
solar cells and modules to solar power plants. Q-Cells''s products
are developed and manufactured at its headquarters in
Bitterfeld-Wolfen (Germany) and marketed via its global sales
network. It also has a second production plant in Malaysia. More
than 200 scientists and engineers at Q-Cells are working to swiftly
advance solar technology and achieve Q-Cells'' twin aims: driving
down the costs of photovoltaics quickly and permanently, and making
solar power competitive. The close links between R&D and
production enable Q-Cells to rapidly translate cutting-edge
innovation into mass production - and underpin its ambition to be
at the forefront of photovoltaic technology. Q-Cells is quoted on
the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (QCE; ISIN DE0005558662) and also
listed on the TecDAX, the German technology index.
Executive Board: Dr Nedim Cen (CEO), Dr Marion Helmes (CFO),
Andreas von Zitzewitz (COO)
Chairman of the Supervisory Board: Prof Dr Karlheinz Hornung