Study ranks Siliken PV modules number one for efficiency, performance

Source: Siliken

Siliken has positioned itself as the number one in the prestigious study carried out by the Photon Laboratory. Between January and December 2010, Siliken modules were ranked by Photon as the modules showing the best results for energy production when compared with the more than 47 modules of 36 manufacturers.

Since 2005, this study carried out by the Photon Laboratory has been testing the performance of the modules from the world's best manufacturers. To do so, it randomly selects three modules from each company and installs them at an open-air site in Germany in a south-facing position at a 28° angle and a height of 2.5 meters from the ground.

In addition to the power of the modules under standard conditions, this test analysis other factors that decisively influence the energy that the module will produce throughout its useful life, such as cell performance with low radiation, temperature coefficients and power degradation over time. One of the most important characteristics of this study is that the measurements are taken before the inverter and therefore really do reflect the efficiency of the modules.

Photon has developed its own technology to measure the data of the photovoltaic installations in an automated manner and thereby show the monthly figures under real conditions. According to the final results for 2010, Siliken modules generate 6.2% more energy than the average level of all the other modules assessed and 13.1% more than the lowest.

Siliken modules can be installed on both independent systems and grid connected systems, and are suitable for use on solar farms, industrial rooftops, for architectural integration or residential installations. They are available in a range of powers up to 245Wp with an efficiency of up to 15.1% Siliken modules are ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 certified and have obtained product certifications under Standards EN (IEC) 61215:2005, EN (IEC) 61730:2007 Safety Class A and EN (IEC) 61701:1999 Salt Mist Corrosion Testing from TÜV Rheinland and under Standard UL 1703 from Underwriters Laboratories and Intertek ETL for applications around the world.

The modules also have a power tolerance of +3/0%, which means that the actual power for each module will be at least that stated on the rating label and up to 3% more. Siliken also provides photovoltaic modules in larger sizes than the current standard market size, which can be up to 30% larger than traditional modules. These modules are designed for use in architectural integration projects, offering up to 40% translucency.

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