Module trends and technologies: Cast Mono

The photovoltaic market has increased significantly over the last decade. In 2015, the annual PV installation was over 50 GW and the solar cells made with Multi Crystalline Silicon (mc-Si) had a market share of nearly 60 %. This year, however, the majority of European countries noticed a significant switch to Mono Crystalline Silicon with ratios of ~70 % in comparison to 30 % mc-Si. Regardless of the technology, one aspect is absolutely clear: the market is still going the direction where customers worldwide require higher efficiencies. The prices, however, have to stabilise or should get lower. By fulling this demand, cell and solar module producers are required to provide a solution to offer higher efficiencies at the same or lower level of prizing. In Sep 2018 we introduced you to our new module technologies which includes Half Cell, Multi Busbar or optimized cell connector like LRF. This time we want to take a closer look the Cast Mono technology. This is used for one of our new IBC solar modules, the IBC MonoSol xxx RS-HCC. (more…)

A visit to the IBC SOLAR test facility IV: bifacial test systems

A walk through our test facility allows you to immerse yourself in the history of photovoltaics. Many previous generation modules , some already now a decade and a half old, show how technology has advanced. In our blog series, guest author and product manager René Schüler presents special test objects and reports in our latest contribution together with Manuel Baier about the latest system at our facility. In addition to the previous crystalline poly- and mono- solar modules, so-called bifacial modules have now also been inspected at the open-space test facility. (more…)

Blog series ‘Quality inspection for modules’ part III: 50 days of fluctuating temperatures

The Ironman for photovoltaic modules takes place every day in our own quality control laboratory.  After all: We only offer the very best IBC SOLAR modules! In order to achieve this accolade, the modules must pass a series of endurance tests. In the third article of the series, we go into more detail about the temperature cycle test from our climate chambers.(more…)

Blog series ‘Quality inspection for modules’ part II: In the water bath

The Ironman for photovoltaic panels takes place every day in our own quality control laboratory.  After all: We only offer the very best IBC SOLAR modules! In order to receive this distinction, the panels must pass a series of endurance tests. In the second article in the series, we will present the insulation resistance test under wet conditions. (more…)

Blog series ‘Quality inspection for modules’ part I: Electroluminescence

The Ironman for photovoltaic modules takes place every day in our own quality control laboratory.  After all: We only offer the very best IBC SOLAR modules! In order to receive this distinction, the modules must pass a series of endurance tests. In the first article of the series, we will present the electroluminescence procedure. (more…)