SCHAFFHAUSEN, Switzerland, May 22, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd. (NYSE: STP), the world's largest producer of solar panels, will introduce a new compact frame design for its popular 60-cell W-Series module at Intersolar Munich. The new slim and lightweight module format is easier to install, lowers shipment costs, and reduces the product's carbon footprint.
The sleek frame design will be utilized on Suntech's new W-Series 260W modules, each with 60, six-inch monocrystalline cells that together achieve up to 16% module-level conversion efficiency. The 1640 x 992 x 35 mm module is one of the most powerful in its class and ideally suited for Europe's robust residential solar market.
In the new design, the module frame has been narrowed from 50mm to 35mm and total module weight has been reduced significantly from 19.1kg to 18.2kg. These changes make the module easier to handle, and allow for more efficient packaging that can reduce total storage and shipment costs by up to 25%. In addition, the lower aluminum content reduces the product's carbon footprint and energy-payback period to less than two years under average conditions.
The new modules are equipped to withstand all weather conditions, including 3.800 Pascal wind loads and 5.400 Pascal snow loads, well above IEC standard requirements."This new slim frame represents an evolution in module design and will make our best-selling W-Series modules even easier to install. Without compromising power output or durability, we can now provide our customers with a lighter and more compact product," said Vedat Gurgeli, Vice President Sales and Marketing for Suntech in Europe. "The new dimensions make it easier to transport and install the W-Series modules, saving time, effort and costs for our partners and installers." The W-Series modules come with Suntech's well-known quality features such as a 0/+5% positive power tolerance, an industry-leading 10-year material and workmanship warranty, and a 25-year power output warranty. The module features an anti-reflective hydrophobic layer that reduces surface dust and allows the module to absorb more light, achieving superior weak-light performance and superior module performance over time.
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