After launching 500W+ modules in July 2020, Canadian Solar has entered the 600W+ space with the launch of series 7 offering monofacial and bifacial solar modules. (Photo Credit: Canadian Solar Inc.)
- Canadian Solar has launched its 600W+ solar modules offering up to 665W output under series 7
- It is offering a monofacial and a bifacial variant, both with 210mm wafer size and PERC technology
- Company promises up to 21.4% efficiency for these modules and 12-year product warranty for both variants
- It will be targeting both commercial and utility scale segments for these modules
In less than 4 months after it launched its 500W solar module, Canada headquartered Canadian Solar Inc. has now entered 600W+ club with the launch of its series 7 high efficiency modules (see Canadian Solar Enters 500W+ Module Club).
Promising up to 665W power output, the Chinese vertically integrated PV manufacturer claims its series 7 new generation modules will deliver one of the most competitive levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) in the industry, bringing it down by up to 8.9% relative to mainstream 445W modules and lower balance of system (BOS) by up to 5.7% along with other costs for solar power plants.
It is offering 2 variants under this series, monofacial HiKu7 and bifacial BiHiKu7, both optimized with tracker and inverter designs to ease the process of installation meaning ‘more modules per string, more watts per tracker and pile, lower equipment and labor costs, and higher project returns’.
Both the variants use 210 mm wafer sized 132/120 dual cell and PERC technology with module power of up to 665 W for HiKu7, and front side power of up to 655 W for BiHiKu7. It is offering 25-year linear power output warranty for the monofacial module and 30-year for the bifacial panel. For both the products, product warranty offered is 12 years.
Canadians Solar’s new offering uses its own cell technology and module design including hetero-type ribbon (HTR) and paving technology (PA) with an efficiency of up to 21.4%. With the company’s Advanced Regeneration (CSAR) technology, modules of its series 7 are said to have a lower light and elevated temperature induced degradation (LeTD).
The company is targeting both commercial and utility scale solar PV plants for the modules.
“As always, the design of our new Series 7 modules puts our customer needs at heart. Our focus is not only to increase power wattage but more importantly, to reduce LCOE, improve product reliability and increase energy yield,” said Canadian Solar Chairman and CEO Dr. Shawn Qu. “These product and technological innovations will continue to boost solar project returns, further improve solar energy’s competitiveness and accelerate the global clean energy transition.”
With these module products, Canadian Solar joins the likes of manufacturers like Trina Solar, Risen Energy, Maxeon Solar, Suntech, among others that have launched 600W+ modules this year.
In July 2020, Trina Solar led 39 companies to push for high power 600W+ modules under what it calls 600W+ Photovoltaic Open Innovation Ecological Alliance (see 39 PV Firms Back 600W+ Solar PV Modules).
Large wafer based highe power modules were also the subject of discussion during the 1st virtual conference of TaiyangNews in July 2020 where participants discussed how to boost PV panel power to the next level while bringing in compatibility of the modules with other elements (see TaiyangNews Virtual Conference On 500W+ Solar Modules).