Maxeon releases line of flexible silicon-based solar panels
Maxeon Solar Technologies will release a new line called glassless flexible silicon-based solar panels this summer Maxeon Air. The panels will be used for the first time in European markets before being released worldwide in the first quarter of 2022.
“The Maxeon Air technology platform continues our 35-year tradition of innovation in solar panel technology and once again demonstrates the ability of our R&D team to develop industry-leading, disruptive technology,” said Jeff Waters, CEO of Maxeon Solar Technologies. “For nearly 50 years, the solar industry has used almost exclusively glass super street panel structures. As solar panels have increased in size and the costs of solar cells have been drastically reduced, the costs of transporting, installing and mounting large glass panels have become a relatively larger part of the total system costs. With Maxeon Air technology, we can now develop products that reduce these costs while opening up completely new market opportunities, such as low-load commercial roofs. “
Maxeon Air solar panels are adaptable, ultra-light, rugged and fire-certified panels that can be mounted directly to the roof without the need for racks or other mounting systems. The first product launch using the technology focuses on installation on roofs that are not designed to support the weight of conventional solar systems.
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Maxeon Air solar panels are frameless and glassless. And because no additional racking is required, the resulting installed weight of the systems is “less than half that of conventional systems,” the company said.
Maxeon Air solar panels use Maxeon IBC solar cells, which move all rail contacts to the back of the cell. One Maxeon Air panel has an efficiency of 20.9%. The flexible panels use 90 solar cells and are longer than traditional modules. The company has stated on its website that the modules are 330W.
“We are very excited to introduce another breakthrough solar innovation,” said Jeff Waters. “In addition to the team’s innovative development work in module design and materials, this new technology platform is fundamentally enabled by our unique IBC cell technology with its superior corrosion resistance and ability to bend without damaging cracking. Perhaps just as importantly, Maxeon’s IBC module technology has the unique ability to pass power in the shade and continue to produce power under conditions that would disable other panels. This feature, along with its inherently low temperature sensitivity, provides class-leading performance in all conditions. “
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