Ottobrunn, March 14, 2019. Panasonic will be showcasing its new product classification at the "Solar Solutions" trade fair, which will take place near Amsterdam from 19 to 21 March 2019. The three module variants boast an efficiency of at least 20 percent, and solar cells manufactured in Japan form the HIT®+ product series. The other models of the high-performance modules make up the HIT® product series.
Panasonic is continuously working to further develop its modules and increase their performance. At Solar Solutions, the Japanese electronics group will be presenting the next step. The HIT®+ N340 module, with an output of 340 watts, now achieves an efficiency of 20.4 percent. The N335 modules and the all-black N335K Kuro variant, each with an output of 335 watts, reach an efficiency of 20.0%.
The current HIT® N330, N300 and N250 modules still offer a high degree of assembly flexibility thanks to their dimensions.
The modules all have the following features: They include a unique water drain specifically developed by Panasonic at the frame. The optimised water drainage minimises dirt deposits and thus the risk of micro-shading. Furthermore, the solar modules with heterojunction technology have a temperature coefficient of only -0.258%/°C. The lower this value, the less the efficiency decreases as the temperature rises. In addition, Panasonic offers a 25-year product warranty and a linear performance guarantee with an 86.5 percent performance after 25 years.
"The Netherlands is an important market for us," says Shigeki Komatsu, General Manager Solar Europe at Panasonic. "The signs are pointing to growth." Last year's growth rates suggest the same. After Germany and Turkey, the Netherlands was the fastest-growing photovoltaic market in 2018. PV systems with an output of 1.4 gigawatts were connected to the grid here. In the previous year it was only 0.77 gigawatts. For the first time, the gigawatt threshold was exceeded on an annual basis. The residential housing market, which is the most important market for Panasonic modules, rose by 23 percent from 2017 to 2018.
The HIT+ series will be available from June 2019.
The trade fair "Solar Solutions" will take place from 19 to 21 March 2019 at Expo Haarlemmermeer, Stelling 1 in 2141 SB Vijfhuizen near Schiphol Airport Amsterdam. Panasonic will be showcasing its solar modules and heat pumps at stand number L7.