Solar Frontier’s CIS Solar Installation Exceeds Expectations

Solar Frontier’s 2.3MW installation on Netherlands warehouses surpasses energy generation target by 6%

Semiconductor Today, January 11, 2016. Image credit: stux

Tokyo-based Solar Frontier – the largest manufacturer of CIS (copper indium selenium) thin-film photovoltaic (PV) solar modules – says that its recently completed 2.3MW project in The Netherlands (constructed in collaboration with solar energy companies KiesZon and Ikaros Solar) has surpassed its July-November energy generation target by 6%.

The project, in the Dutch municipalities of Veghel and Zwijndrecht, consists of two rooftop installations on warehouses belonging to thyssenkrupp Materials Nederlands (a wholesaler of carbon and stainless-steel products). Using 30 power inverters and 13,472 CIS modules in total, this is reckoned to be one of the largest solar energy projects in The Netherlands to date.

Solar Frontier says that the reliability of its CIS modules in high-ammonia environments was also a deciding factor in their selection for the project. Considering that thyssenkrupp Material’s 32,000 sq ft warehouse in Veghel is located near a seagull breeding ground, solar system owners are subsequently burdened with bird droppings impacting the performance of their modules. Solar Frontier says that its CIS modules are certified for resistance to environments with high ammonia content and, as their output indicates, are continuing to perform well in this environment.

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