Q CELLS celebrates 20 years in solar by shifting all PV module production to monocrystalline in 2020
Few other solar companies in the market today can boast such a long history as the Q CELLS brand. From the Company’s German inception in 1999 to its current status as a top-tier, vertically integrated provider of total energy solutions, Q CELLS’ journey has closely mirrored that of the solar industry itself: never plain sailing, with some unexpected twists and turns, but ultimately moving towards broad public acceptance and a growing importance in the global energy landscape.
“We are proud of just how advanced our R&D capabilities continue to be, and delivering mono products with over 20% module efficiency shows how we can translate these learnings into current products,” says Q CELLS CTO Daniel Jeong. “Boosting power conversion efficiency remains our priority, which is aided by Q CELLS’ ongoing product evolution, including gapless modules, 12 wire technology and many other exciting developments in the pipeline.”
Q CELLS hits its the 20th anniversary this month and, to mark the occasion, the energy solutions provider plans to deliver a series of relevant products and services in 2020. Specifically, 2020 will be the year that sees Q CELLS expand its portfolio of monocrystalline modules that surpass 20% conversion efficiency. Next year, the entire focus of Q CELLS’ 10.7 GW module production capacity will be steered toward monocrystalline. The company believes that monocrystalline technology represents the most effective route towards obtaining the lowest LCOE.
With the shift to mono, Q CELLS will continue to meet the growing appetite for higher power modules – as evidenced with the launch of the Q.PEAK DUO BLK-G6+ module portfolio manufactured with larger M4 wafers that was released in the U.S. in Q3 this year. The Q.PEAK DUO BLK-G6+ boasts an all-black façade for superior aesthetics, power classes of up to 345 Wp, and an extensive 25-year product warranty. Even more next-generation modules in the Q.PEAK DUO series will be unveiled throughout 2020.
In celebrating the brand’s 20th anniversary, Q CELLS was also recognized by leading energy research and consultancy firm Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables as the consistent number one U.S. residential module provider in the industry since the second half of 2018, according to data from its Q4 2019 PV Leaderboard report. Wood Mackenzie’s U.S. PV Leaderboard is a quarterly report that publishes the market share of various players within the solar industry, including installers, financiers, inverter manufacturers, and module manufacturers. Q CELLS tops the list for 2019 year-to-date with 27% in the residential module sector.
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