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Canadian Solar ELPS solar modules to be tested in Germany

Research plant will check high-efficiency modules in lower temperature conditions.


June 12, 2012
by PLANT STAFF

GUELPH, Ont.: Canadian Solar Inc. is delivering one megawatt of high efficiency ELPS solar modules for use in a research and testing plant in Germany.

The installation by Nordwest Solar in the Emsland region will test different characteristics of the solar modules in various zones throughout the three-hectare park located in Werlte.

The solar company based in Guelph, Ont. said the photo-voltaic plant is one of the first projects in Germany where Canadian Solar’s ELPS technology will be installed.

Construction is to begin in June.

The one-megawatt research and testing plant was initiated by Institut fur Erneuerbare Energien GmbH & Co. KG (IEE), 3N-Kompetenzzentrum Niedersachsen Netzwerk Nachwachsende Rohstoffe and the municipality Werlte.

“The Northern part of Germany is incorrectly seen to be less interesting for PV installations. We want to show which advantages result from lower temperatures and therefore a lower decrease of performance of the modules. Thus we have chosen the technologically leading Canadian Solar modules with the new ELPS technology,” said IEE’s Jorg Klingenberg.

Canadian Solar said its ELPS cells feature a metal wrap through design that absorbs 3% more light per cell. As a result, ELPS modules deliver up to 7% more electricity than similar configuration conventional solar modules.

“With our ELPS technology we made a big leap. Our most recent in-house test showed results of 21.1% with our proprietary mono ELPS solar cell,” said Shawn Qu, chairman and CEO of Canadian Solar.

The company has also set up a partner program for EPCs and PV installers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Registered partner companies will receive technical consulting and support for installation engineering, product training, qualified leads and marketing. The program also provides financing assistance.