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Clean Power REC solar modules -- exclusive usage rights for picture are held by the PHOTON Holding GmbH (Photo: Guido Schiefer / photon-pictures.com)

Published on January 31st, 2012 | by Zachary Shahan

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Best-Performing Solar Modules in 2011 Announced

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January 31st, 2012 by Zachary Shahan
 

REC solar modules — exclusive usage rights for picture are held by the Photon Holding GmbH (Photo: Guido Schiefer / photon-pictures.com)

Can you guess which company’s solar modules were determined to be the best-performing solar modules of 2011?

Well, if you haven’t heard already, Photon Laboratory has announced that REC’s solar modules were ranked first in the 2011 module field performance test. They produced “6 percent more energy than competing modules,” on average, a news release by REC noted.

The Photon Laboratory evaluation is a year-long comparative study of energy yield in the field. The evaluation looks at modules of different types, including thin film and monocrystaline.

solar module performance test site

Photon solar module performance test site in Aachen, Germany.

“Since 2005, a total of over 130 different module types has been installed on a piece of property – free of shadowing – were monitored constantly using an elaborate measurement system,” Photon notes. “Two to three units of each module type are represented in the test to prevent potential faulty products or modules with below average results from distorting the results for the entire series. The modules are installed in Germany, facing south at a 28° angle and are mounted about 2.5 m above the ground, which means they have complete rear ventilation.”

More details on the testing procedures are available on the Photon page linked above.

REC topped 45 other companies to take first place in this evaluation in 2011. In 2010, it came in 2nd place, behind Siliken. SolarWorld came in first in 2008 and 2009.

“The results published in the industry magazine Photon Profi state that the highest performance ratio of 90.8 percent and also the highest yield of 1150.4 kWh/kW were measured for the REC module,” REC is happy to point out.

“As the world’s most integrated solar company, REC delivers high performing products by controlling the complete solar value chain with production from silicon to cells, wafers and modules to systems development,” the company adds.

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is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy since 2009. Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he's the founder and director of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity. To connect with Zach on some of your favorite social networks, go to ZacharyShahan.com and click on the relevant buttons.



  • Jim Edwards

    would have been super to have the sale prce comparison of each brand along with manufactured price

    • http://cleantechnica.com/ Zachary Shahan

      Yeah, to be honest, I had to dig like crazy just to find previous winners. I’m not seeing any results reported directly by Photon. And individual companies who report they’ve won top place for the year don’t give much context, of course.

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