First Solar announces latest thin-film modulesWritten by Duane Ramsey | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Series 3 FS-392, rated at 92.5 watts, maintain all existing IEC certifications and UL listings for the Series 3 family, including UL listing for 1,000-volt solar systems, according to the company.
First Solar began producing the FS-392 modules earlier this quarter at its production facilities in Perrysburg and other locations, according to Alan Bernheimer, public relations director at First Solar. The company has shipped the modules for deployment at various solar project sites, but he did not have any details on those projects.
“The FS-392 demonstrates the success of First Solar’s R&D investment to drive higher and higher module conversion efficiencies into production,” Tom Kuster, vice president of product management and system technology at First Solar, stated in the press release about the announcement.
“This increase in module efficiency, coupled with our thin-film technology’s real-world yield advantage when compared to crystalline silicon photovoltaic, results in higher energy density and lower levelized cost of energy,” Kuster stated.
One of the drivers of First Solar’s module performance advantage over crystalline silicon solar modules is a lower temperature coefficient, delivering higher energy yields at elevated operating temperatures typical of utility-scale power plants in sunny regions, according to the company.
First Solar is a leading global provider of photovoltaic solar systems which use its advanced thin-film modules. The company claims its integrated power plant solutions deliver an economically attractive alternative to fossil-fuel electricity generation.
First Solar employs about 1,200 people at its Perrysburg production plant.
For more information, visit www.firstsolar.com.
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