28. June 2016

Did you know? Solar Frontier CIS modules with 15% more yield than crystalline module technology

The Norwegian IFE Institute (Institute for Energy Technology) has set itself the target of creating a climate-friendly energy system based on renewable energies. The independent research foundation has started gathering comparison data from various different PV technologies. The plant is intended to provide clarification of various different module technologies with regard to their yield figures in northern Europe countries, where the conditions for solar power production are often difficult for solar energy production.

At the location of the institute, north-east of Oslo, two comparative plants were installed in January, each having a power rating of 1,300 Wp. The plants used the powerful Solar Frontier CIS modules and micro-crystalline modules produced by a well-known competitor. In Norway, where the sun lies low in the sky for long periods, particularly in the winter, a façade installation was indicated to achieve the highest possible energy exploitation. The modules themselves are not covered with snow when they are installed horizontally. The modules were installed by the installer Green Energy A/S on the IFE building on the façade, aligned to the south at a height of 5 m (16.4 ft).

Even after the initial five months from the start of the data collection, a clear picture is emerging: the CIS modules supply an average of 15% more yield than the mono-crystalline competition! The CIS modules demonstrated their benefits particularly in the dark winter period and exceed the competition to a great extent. The result that once again demonstrates the high performance levels of the CIS modules under actual real conditions!

Previous yields of the comparison plant, measured in kWh