Kyocera presents its new Y Series solar modulesTechno Sun
The Japanese technology group Kyocera’s latest additions to its Y Series solar module lineup are not only extremely robust and efficient, but they also permit maximum flexibility in terms of installation design. There is a simple reason for this: Kyocera’s portfolio not only contains conventional 60-cell units, the company also offers smaller modules with 36, 48 and 54 cells. These are ideal for use on irregularly shaped surfaces, such as rooftops with a complicated layout, and thus ensure that almost no space goes to waste.
Smaller modules, more installation options
The new Y Series at a glance:
- 36 cells: KD145GH-4YU – available in September 2013
- 48 cells: KD195GH-4YU – available in October 2013
- 54 cells: KD220GH-4YU – available
- 60 cells: KD245GH-4YB2 / KD250GH-4YB2 – available
- 80 cells: KD320GH-4YB – available
for off-grid installations:
- 36 cells: KD140SX-1YU – available
- 36 cells: KD145SX-1YU – available end of 2013
The range of module sizes within Kyocera’s Y Series enhances the design flexibility during installation, as smaller modules can often be positioned more efficiently. This means that full use can be made of even the most irregularly shaped roofs, thereby maximizing energy production on a given surface area. The modules can be laid flat or mounted vertically. Thanks to Kyocera’s continuous development, it is also possible to attach all of the latest modules (excluding the 80-cell units) along their shorter sides or install them using inlay systems.
Extremely efficient and extremely long-lasting
Output and lifespan are by far the most important factors when looking at solar modules. At the heart of every new Y Series product are Kyocera’s 156 x 156 mm polycrystalline silicon cells embedded in EVA film. With an efficiency rating of over 16 percent, the silicon nitride processing not only lends a uniform colour, but it also keeps reflected light to a minimum.
Like all Kyocera solar modules, the new Y Series products feature a high-quality frame of black, anodized aluminium. The frame’s additional coating gives it outstanding resistance to corrosion, thereby maximizing its lifespan and durability, while at the same time reducing its weight. The frames are assembled using screws and adhesives, and can withstand forces of 5, 400N/m². The 60- and 80-cell modules come with two support bars on the reverse side for enhanced stability. In addition, interior drainage openings are designed to eliminate the risk of frost damage.
Production facility in Kadan / Czech Republic
TÜV Rheinland has tested the new Kyocera solar modules in line with the DIN EN ISO 11925-2 standard. They comply with guidelines regarding normal flammability as per DIN EN 13501-1, class E.
The products’ “Made in Europe“ certificate also means that users in France can benefit from a 5 percent increase in earnings from feed-in tarifs. This top-up was authorized by the French environment minster based on the ministerial decree of January 7, 2013.
The Y Series solar modules are manufactured at the company’s Kadan Plant in the Czech Republic. Kyocera’s vertically integrated production process guarantees maximum control, and by extension, maximum quality.