- Canadian Solar has started mass production of its high efficiency modules with up to 665W output
- Company aims to report nameplate production capacity of HiKu7 and BiHiKu7 modules to reach 10 GW by 2021-end
- It claims to have already got bookings for a significant portion of this targeted capacity
Chinese-Canadian origin solar power company Canadian Solar Inc. (CSI), has commenced mass production of solar modules with up to 665W rating and expects to deliver the 1st batch of these high power and high efficiency modules from April 2021 onwards.
Management said the nameplate production capacity of HiKu7 and BiHiKu7 modules is set to reach 10 GW by the end of 2021, a significant portion of which it claims has already been booked.
Canadian Solar had launched these modules using 210mm wafer sized cells in October 2020 offering module power output of up to 665W for HiKu7 and front side power of up to 655W for BiHiKu7 modules, and up to 21.4% module efficiency (see Canadian Solar Launches 600W+ Solar Modules).
According to Canadian Solar, these module come with hetero-type ribbon (HTR) and paving technology to reduce the gap between solar cells by over 50%, thereby leading to higher output. It is targeting commercial and utility scale solar power plants for the products claiming that these reduce ‘balance of system costs by up to 5.7% and LCOE by up to 8.9% relative to mainstream 445 W modules’.
“These modules also have high reliability with several special technologies, such as damage-free cell cutting, strict hot spot control, and low LeTID technology, etc,” shared Chairman and CEO of Canadian Solar, Dr. Shawn Qu.
Management also assured that the modules have been optimized with leading tracker and inverter designs to ensure ‘seamless installation’ of solar systems.
During TaiyangNews’ 1st virtual conference in July 2020 participants discussed how to boost PV panel power to the next level while bringing in compatibility of high power modules with other elements (see TaiyangNews Virtual Conference On 500W+ Solar Modules).