Black half-cell module and new frame concept from Bosch Solar Energy

Black half-cell module and new frame concept from Bosch Solar Energy- New generation of cells with half-cell design and innovative module materials improve output
– High mechanical stability and new frame with multiple installation options for pressure loads of up to 7,200 PaBosch Solar Energy is launching a new premium module in the market. This black model was first exhibited at Solarexpo in Italy at the start of May to very positive acclaim.Bosch Solar Module c-Si M 60+ S: more output and improved product designModule output of up to 285 watts is assured by a new generation of cells with a black half-cell design and a burned-in anti-reflection coating on the micro-structured, toughened front glass, which enables greater light absorption. A highly transparent encapsulant foil provides more exposure to light, while innovative structured cell connectors reduce electrical and optical losses in the module and increase output.The new premium module consists of 120 half monocrystalline high-performance solar cells in time-tested quality of the Arnstadt plant. The cells measure 156 mm by 78 mm and allow more efficient use of the module surface area. Reliability tests that far exceed the standard requirements have confirmed the durability and long-term stability of the new module.New frame allows easy and fast installation and maintenanceThe black premium module has a new frame featuring many innovations which particularly facilitate installation and maintenance of the modules. Optimised ergonomics ensure easier handling during installation. The use of a central bar improves the stability of the frame, allows a variety of mounting options and enables the module to withstand pressure of up to 7,200 Pa.Drainage corners have also been incorporated into the design of the module frame. These allow rainwater to flow away at the corners and improve self-cleaning of the module, lessening soiling and moss in the lower section – frequent causes of reduced output. The drainage corners also provide additional grounding options.Innovative white half-cell module begins series production in summer 2013Limited numbers of the new black premium module are currently being produced at Arnstadt. Series production of a half-cell module with white and silver components is to commence this summer. As the white rear encapsulant is more reflective than the black encapsulant, this module will have an even greater output of up to 290 Wp.Information on Bosch’s withdrawal from the field of crystalline photovoltaics On March 22nd, Robert Bosch GmbH announced that it will pull out of the crystalline photovoltaic business by the beginning of 2014. The aim is to sell the business outright or in individual sub-divisions, if possible.

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