Vikram Solar, a leading solar module manufacturer and solar EPC player, launched a new line of high-efficiency modules ‘SOMERA’ at REI Expo, Greater Noida in September. The new module line ‘SOMERA’ falls under the monocrystalline solar PV module category, which is a new addition to the company’s product portfolio. 60 cell (SOMERA Prime series) and 72 cell (SOMERA Grand) series modules in this product line are out on the market post REI.
According to the company, the new products would help in utility PV cost reductions. These products are equipped with Passivated Emitter Rear Contact Technology (PERC) cells providing high module area efficiency upto 19.05 per cent (for 60 cells) and upto 18.45 per cent (for 72 cells).
Ivan Saha, CTO and BU Head–Solar Manufacturing, Vikram Solar Ltd, said, “The new modules are suitable for operation under higher system voltage upto 1,500 V. They are constructed with high efficiency PERC cells, having extremely low light-induced degradation and lower temperature coefficients leading to higher energy yield, compared to other modules.”
The new monocrystalline modules are conditioned to withstand 2400 Pascal Wind load, 5400 Pascal Snow load and Dynamic Wind load, making them the best option even for harsh geographical conditions. Tests have revealed that SOMERA line can offer 5 – 10per cent higher energy generation output than that of any industry average polycrystalline modules, claims Saha.
SOMERA Grand Series (72 cell modules ranging from 340 to 365 Wp) and SOMERA Prime Series (60 cell modules ranging from 280-310 Wp) are products available for the Indian market. SOMERA Grand Ultima Silver Series (72 cell modules ranging from 340 to 365Wp), SOMERA Ultima Silver Series and SOMERA Ultima All Black Series (60 cell modules ranging from 280-310Wp) will soon be available for the international market.