Hanwha SolarOne has officially introduced its new S Series PV modules at the Solar Power International show, which is being held in Las Vegas this week. The new modules are available immediately to customers worldwide, and Hanwha SolarOne says it is already shipping them to customers in North America.
According to the company, the new S modules are available in both 60- and 72-cell models and feature improvements in cost, performance and quality.
For example, Hanwha says the slimmer frame of the new modules reduces material and shipping costs. The HSL 60S module's 32 mm frame is 20% slimmer than previous generations, while the HSL 72S module's 40 mm frame is 11% slimmer.
The company says the biggest technological advancement in the new module is a four-busbar cell architecture. Moving from a three- to four-busbar design results in shorter current distance and less resistance loss within each cell, Hanwha adds.
"The new S Series solar modules are a perfect melding of South Korean quality with Chinese cost efficiencies," says Seong-woo Nam, CEO of Hanwha SolarOne." The slimmer frame will offer real savings in material and shipping costs, while the improved performance and overall quality offer great value and return on investment."
Furthermore, Hanwha SolarOne has announced a deal with O2 Energies to supply 17 MW of its new S Series modules for three solar projects in North Carolina.
The modules will be used at O2 Energies' Cirrus, Chocowinity and Rockwell solar plants. Construction has commenced on all three projects, which are scheduled to reach completion in December. Hanwha SolarOne's modules are already being delivered to the three project sites.