Bringing Solar Power Close to Home
[September 26, 2019] If you were to stop a random passerby on the street and asked them how solar energy works, they would probably guess that it’s a simple process - find a spot that gets a decent amount of sunlight, install some solar modules, and enjoy free and clean energy.
The reality, however, is a bit more nuanced than that.
After all, not every location on Earth is blessed with steady amounts of sunshine year-round.
No sun? No problem!
Take Great Britain, for instance, a country famous for its unpredictable overcast and foggy weather. Yet, solar power is a cornerstone of the British government’s commitment to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
How would this work, you ask?
By squeezing every last bit of energy out of solar radiation, of course.
Advanced solar cell technology, like Hanwha Q CELLS’ innovative and proprietary Q.ANTUM technology, allows solar modules to produce large amounts of energy consistently while minimizing the effect of overcast skies and harsh environments.
In fact, Hanwha Q CELLS’ Q.PEAK DUO residential solar module, which incorporates Q.ANTUM technology, is even able to produce usable amounts of energy even when partially obscured by shadows.
In London, these capabilities gave the Q.PEAK DUO the winning edge when it was selected as the solar module to be used in the Solar Together London group-buying scheme. Now, hundreds of households and small businesses in five London boroughs have access to affordable clean energy.
Taking advantage of what’s already there
On the flipside to Great Britain’s situation are locations that receive a surfeit of sunlight. Australia, for instance, is so sunny that a 50 km by 50 km patch of land, or just 0.03% of its landmass, receives enough solar radiation to power the entire country.
Yet, there are drawbacks to receiving so much sunlight. The country is struggling with record-breaking heatwaves and its aging traditional energy grid is straining to meet the energy needs of a suffering population trying to stay cool. The people, meanwhile, must contend with skyrocketing utility prices.
Now, in a somewhat ironic twist, many Australians find themselves embracing the sun—the cause of much of their suffering—to find relief.
All-in-one solar solution packages like Hanwha’s Q CELLS’ Q.HOME+ system, which incorporate solar modules, inverters, and energy storage systems, are the ideal solution for Australian homeowners. They produce electricity throughout the day and store the surplus in batteries for use throughout the night.
Bigger isn’t always better
Let’s go back to the random passerby we stopped earlier. If you were to ask them how big a solar module should be, she would most likely say it would be best to make it as big as possible to take in as much solar radiation as possible.
However, what if there is a shortage of available space?
The people of Japan face this issue as their government’s Zero Energy House directive requires a majority of new homes built by 2020 to have zero carbon emissions.
One of the most economical ways to achieve carbon neutrality is to adopt solar energy, but Japanese homeowners are finding themselves hitting a snag. Because Japanese homes tend to be on the smaller side, installing standard-sized 60-cell and 72-cell solar modules wouldn’t be an efficient use of the available space.
For this, cut-down solar modules provide the answer. Hanwha Q CELLS’ Japan-exclusive 32-cell and 48-cell Q.PEAK residential solar modules provide optimum performance while also maximizing energy production by allowing for more solar cells overall to fit on small Japanese rooftops.
Flexibility is key
As solar energy becomes more mainstream, people are now looking for solutions best-suited for their homes.
In order to harness the sun’s rays to produce clean energy, solar energy solutions providers like Hanwha Q CELLS have to take each locale’s unique requirements into account when developing and presenting their product lines.
Those who find success in the growing solar energy market are the ones who don’t ask their customers to compromise and settle for what’s available. Instead, they adjust their products so that customers enjoy more benefits from them.
With a steady stream of innovative new products in the pipeline, Hanwha Q CELLS is constantly looking to deliver both clean solar energy and value to customers around the world, no matter the challenge.
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