According to their website, Canadian Solar are one of the world’s biggest solar PV module producers. They are a vertically integrated provider of silicon ingots, wafers, solar cells, solar modules, solar power systems and associated products. They operate in 9 countries (Canada, China, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Spain,Australia,and the United States) and their products are supported by IEC, TUV, UL, certifications. This is impressive on its own, but they also state that they were the first solar PV company to register with ISO TS16949, which they say is even stricter than ISO 9001. They also operate their own ISO 17025 accredited testing lab.
The company’s CS6P range (CS6P-230P, CS6P-240P, CS6P-245P and CS6P-250P) use 60 poly-crystalline solar cells which have a top-ranked PVUSA (PTC) rating in California. They are reported to be ultra reliable in corrosive atmospheres and are supported by IEC61701 certification (salt mist corrosion testing). They are also supported by a 6 year product warranty for materials and workmanship and a 25 year output warranty. The frames are tested for strength to 5400 Pa in order to withstand heavy snow fall.
The Solartown website rates these panels very highly stating that they are highly sought after in the solar industry and that they have a high output per square foot ratio which means that they are a perfect choice for homes suffering space constraints. The panels are also manufactured in an environmental friendly and non-toxic manner with no potential environmental and legal risks. The company claim commercial availability over 40 years with solar grade technology backed up by 25 years of research and 12 months field testing.
Canadian Solar have also released their New Edge solar panels on the US market, combined with the Zep roof mounting system it has been claimed that installation costs can be cut by half. Another new innovation is the company’s Intelligrated Power Module series which integrates panel electrics with specially designed modules in order to improve performance, simplify installation. The first product in this series, the Commercial AC combines module and inverter, and it will be presented at the Dallas Solar Power International Conference which is being held as I write this. The Commercial AC is intended mostly for commercial use and will be available in 2012.
Canadian Solar has also developed something called ELPS solar cell technology which is designed to achieve a 19.5% efficiency rating for monocrystalline cells and 18% for polycrystalline. The new technology will significantly reduce costs while improving efficiency the company claims.
The company recently supplied 636,000 solar modules for a solar complex in Brandenburg, Germany.
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