LONGi will begin producing a smaller scale version of its popular 72-cell, utility-scale Hi-MO 5 module for residential and commercial applications in the U.S. market. The new 54-cell version, based on the M10 182-mm-monocrystaline wafer, will be available in early 2023, first as a monofacial module and then as a bifacial module.
Based on the same technology used in the Hi-MO 5, the 54-cell module delivers reliable performance, high module efficiency and reduced system costs with an aesthetic appearance for rooftop distributed generation projects.
And the bifacial option is intriguing — yes, even for small C&I and residential applications. We chatted with the LONGi team prior to the start of RE+ about that, and they are excited to make the case/push for bifacial in distributed generation. We’ll have more in-depth coverage on that down the road.
The Hi-MO 5 54-cell module features power outputs up to 415 watts and maximum efficiencies of 21.3%.
- The monofacial module comes in an all-black design and has a 12-year warranty for materials and processing and a 25-year warranty for linear power output.
- The bifacial module will be a dual-glass design and carries a 12-year warranty for materials and processing and a 30-year warranty for linear power output.
Weighing less than 50 lbs, the Hi-MO 5 54-cell can be handled and installed easily on rooftops, and is compatible with standard module racking and mounting systems.
The Hi-MO 5 54-cell is compatible with smart module-level power electronics (MLPE) devices such as Enphase microinverters and SolarEdge optimizers as well as mainstream string inverters.
LONGi’s Hi-MO 5 series won the 2021 Intersolar Award for its advanced PERC gallium-doped p-type half-cut cell technology, smart soldering and other innovations, and has earned “Top Performer” awards from RETC and other independent labs. Hi-MO 5 modules have been supplied to more than 600 customers in over 90 countries, with cumulative shipments exceeding 30 gigawatts.
“We have strong customer interest in the new Hi-MO 5 54-cell module. Since its older sibling the Hi-MO 5 72-cell module has been our best-selling product for the utility sector in the U.S., we expect very high demand for the new format,” said Aaron Thurlow, Head of Distributed Generation for LONGi Solar North America. “The full weight of LONGi’s advanced M10 technology, vertically integrated manufacturing, and financial strength stands behind the Hi-MO 5 54-cell product, making it one of the most promising distributed generation solar products LONGi has brought to the U.S. market to date. It’s yet another example of how LONGi is helping to propel the clean energy transformation into the terawatt era.”
More LONGi at RE+
In addition to the launch of the new module, the LONGi team will be out in full force at the upcoming RE+ tradeshow (formerly known as Solar Power International), taking place Sept. 19-22 at the Anaheim Convention Center.
LONGi is the Terawatt Sponsor of the event and will be in Booth 1604 across from the main entrance to the exhibit hall showfloor. The company will also be sponsoring the go-to social event of the show, the annual Block Party at Anaheim Stadium.
On Tuesday, Chengjiang Fu, Head of Product and Solutions, will talk about next-generation cell and module innovation, while Aaron Thurlow will discuss the impacts of advanced PV module technologies on the solar DG market. Jade Jones, Senior Marketing Strategy Manager, will participate in a panel of industry experts discussing ethics, resiliency and sustainability issues of the clean energy supply chain on Wednesday.
In addition to the conference appearances, there will be a series of daily presentations at the LONGi booth at 11 a.m:
- Tuesday, Sept. 20: MJ Shiao, Head of U.S. Business Development and Marketing, and Jade Jones will provide their views on the U.S. solar market.
- Wednesday, Sept. 21: Chengjiang Fu and Aaron Thurlow will talk about the new Hi-MO 5 54-cell module.
- Thursday, Sept. 22: Hongbin Fang, Director of Product Marketing, will discuss LONGi’s green hydrogen initiative.