The changes in October’s Top 10 Solar panels are brought about by four distinct PV module manufacturers including Panasonic, FuturaSun, Hyundai, and Solaria. These PV module producers released their high-efficiency solar panels thanks to utilizing some optimization methods at the cell- and module-level as well as exploiting some high technologies at the solar cell architecture. So let’s go through the most recent updates of the most efficient solar panels of this month. Please bear in mind that the list in our website is very detailed and contains more than top 10 solar panels.
Panasonic EvorVolt, the Japanese footprint in the top 10 list
First of all, Panasonic, a major Japanese multinational electronics corporation came up with its EvorVolt model with 21.7% efficiency and 380W power output and Stood at the fourth rank of October’s Top 10 Solar panels list. This model is the major rival for the REC well-known and powerful Alpha-series with the same power output and close power density. The company launched the production of this model by utilizing heterojunction technology (HJT) at the cell architecture and half-cut cell at the module layout. Half-cut cell or half cell is one of the technologies that maximizes sunlight conversion and energy yield by reducing series resistance in the PV module.
FuturaSun, a new European player in the list
FuturaSun introduced one of its Zebra series with 360W power output and 21.2% efficiency. The company has been using its innovative and proprietary technology in the solar cell metalization that leads to achieving such a high-efficiency solar panel. FuturaSun product placed at the eleventh rank of October’s Top 10 Solar panels list. It is important to note that the company has got the benefit of using interdigitated back contact (IBC) technology at the module level.
Zebra Tech & IBC, a solution to inter-panel shading
Thanks to IBC and Zebra tech, there is no busbar and finger at the front side of the PV module. Then, the shading on the solar cells which resulted from solar cell metalization at the front side of the module is eliminated. As a result, it maximizes the light absorption point. However, the loss due to the shading of interconnections of solar cells is remaining at the rear side.
Shingle PV, a busbar free solution
Shingle PV modules, in contrast, totally removed the loss due to the shading at the front and rear sides of PV modules. In this type of PV module, interconnections at the cell level were replaced with the electric conductive adhesive (ECA) to join different stripes or solar cell ribbons. Hyundai has also produced its latest high-efficiency solar panel with the help of this technology. It reached 20.9% efficiency and 410W power output. This PV module stood at 21st rank at this month’s Top 10 Solar panels list.
Solaria All-Black edition, beauty in spotlight
Finally, Solaria entered at the end of October’s Top Solar panels list, 26th rank, with its Power XT series which is called All-Black Solar panel series by the company for residential-scale. The company focused on the aesthetic aspect and high performance of the PV module. This product was released with 430W power out and 20.4% efficiency.
Here’s the full list with links to the product data sheets
|Rank||Manufacturer||Model||Cell Type||Technology||Efficiency||Power Density||Power|
|1||Maxeon X series||n-type||IBC||22.7%||226.9 W/m2||370 W|
|2||NeoN R ACe||n-type||MBB||22%||220 W/m2||380 W|
|3||Alpha||n-type||HJT- Half Cell||21.7%||217.5 W/m2||380 W|
|4||EverVolt||n-type||Half cell HJT||21.7%||217.4 W/m2||380 W|
|5||NeoN R||n-type||IBC||21.7%||191.3 W/m2||375 W|
|6||Meyer Burger Black||n-type||HJT||21.5%||214.6 W/m2||395 W|
|7||Tiger pro||n-type||Half cell MBB||21.4%||–||585 W|
|8||SIL-380 BK||n-type||Back Contact||21.4%||213.8 W/m2||380 W|
|9||NeoN R||n-type||IBC||21.4%||188.7 W/m2||370 W|
|10||Tiger pro||n-type||Half cell MBB||21.3%||221.9 W/m2||415 W|
|11||FU M Zebra||n-type||IBC||21.2%||212.9 W/m2||360 W|
|12||Ultra X||n-type||Half cell MBB||21.2 %||212 W/m2||600 W|
|13||Vertex||n-type||Half cell MBB||21.2%||–||600 W|
|14||HiKu7||n-type||Half Cell||21.2%||212 W/m2||600 W|
|15||S4||n-type||Half cell MBB||21.1%||–||540 W|
|16||Vertex||n-type||1/3 cut cells||21.1%||212 W/m2||505 W|
|17||Deep Blue 3.0||n-type||PERCMBB||21%||214.5 W/m2||545 W|
|18||Hi-MO 5||P-type||PERC||21%||211.7W/m2||540 W|
|19||JKM 470N- 7RL3||n-type||Half cell MBB||20.93%||209.8 W/m2||470 W|
|20||LR4-72 HPH-455||n-type||PERC Half Cell||20.9%||209.9 W/m2||455 W|
|21||HiE-S410VG||n-type||Shingle PERC||20.9%||209.3 W/m2||410 W|
|22||JW-I 60N||n-type||IBC||20.9%||209.1 W/m2||340 W|
|23||PS 380M4-20/UH||n-type||Mono PERC||20.71||207.6 W/m2||380 W|
|24||NeoN 2||n-type||MBB||20.6%||206.4 W/m2||355 W|
|25||HiE-S480VI||n-type||Shingle PERC||20.5%||205 W/m2||480 W|
|26||PowerXT 430R-PL||n-type||IBC||20.4%||204.2 W/m2||430 W|
October’s top 10 solar panels list contains brands such as SunPower, LG, REC Group, Panasonic, Meyer Burger, Canadian Solar, Trina Solar, JA Solar, Silfab Solar, FuturaSun, Suntech, LONGi Solar, Jinko Solar, Jolywood, Phono Solar, Hyundai and last but not least Solaria.
Solar Edition publishes two Top 10 Solar Panels lists. Top 10 solar panels for commercial and small-scale is published based on the power density factor monthly and Top solar panels for industrial-scale every 3 months.