PHOTON Module Yield Measurements 2013: Q.PRO is the Best Polycrystalline Solar Module in the Test

  • Q CELLS modules outperform competition in yield, power and quality; Hanwha Q CELLS is the number one poly module manufacturer in global
  • One-year outdoor test proves that Q.PRO modules have higher yields in reality than in simulation PVsyst
  • High performance & quality modules make for competitive LCOE (Levelized Cost of Electricity)
PHOTON Module Yield Measurements 2013 Q.PRO

[Thalheim, Germany, 18 February, 2014] – The Q.PRO solar modules from Q CELLS outperform their competition and come out as the No. 1 poly-crystalline module in the 2013 PHOTON module yield measurements. The company's second-generation modules (Q.PRO-G2) have been the top-performing poly-crystalline modules of 151 different PV modules from 119 manufacturers. The Q CELLS product was listed in fourth place in the overall list; however, the three top-ranked modules were based on mono-crystalline wafers. Hanwha Q CELLS is the number one poly module manufacturer in global. Moreover, Hanwha Q CELLS was the only European PV manufacturer amongst the tests' Top-Ten, demonstrating that the company's high quality and 'Engineered in Germany' strategy is paying off. PHOTON ranked the modules according to their yield, performance ratio, long-term stability and overall quality over a test period of one year. Indeed, the real-life test proved that the Q CELLS' modules yields of an energy producing PV plant are higher than in the simulation created by the software PVsyst.

Q.PRO-G2 solar modules achieve 93.3% performance ratio

While the 235 Wp Q.PRO-G2 solar module, which was reviewed by PHOTON, achieved an outstanding 93.3% performance ratio, today's customers of Hanwha Q CELLS can already benefit from the enhanced next generation of Q CELLS solar modules. With features like G3 solar modules and Q.ANTUM technology, Q CELLS modules guarantee even higher yields as well as improved reliability.

"The PHOTON measurement clearly shows that our modules and cells 'Engineered in Germany' convince not only our demanding customers, but also the strict independent PHOTON lab. Coming out of the test a clear No. 1 among poly modules proves that Hanwha Q CELLS doesn't only promise, but also delivers superior performance and quality", said Charles Kim, CEO of Hanwha Q CELLS. "With PHOTON using our second generation modules and us already being one generation further along, today Q CELLS modules offer even better yields and more competitive LCOE to PV customers.

One of the most stringent tests in Europe

The PHOTON test is considered one of the most stringent tests in Europe. The lab buys all modules itself and measures the yield year-round. Each module is flashed by the PHOTON Laboratory and stored outside to finish the initial degradation. The review started in 2005 in order to be able to gauge the long-term degradation. The test field is located in Aachen, Germany.

Hanwha Q CELLS showcases leading PV quality at PV EXPO in Tokyo

Hanwha Q CELLS will have a booth at the trade fair PV EXPO in Tokyo from Feb. 26 until Feb. 28, 2014. The booth number goes E41-48 where Hanwha Q CELLS showcases leading PV quality.

PHOTON Module Yield Measurements 2013 Q.PRO

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Hee Cheul Kim (CEO), Kye Chun Son (CFO),
Dr. Andreas von Zitzewitz (COO), Koo Yung Lee (CCO)

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