Swiss solar module maker Meyer Burger is entering Australia’s growing solar market with a range of high-performance solar panels it claims will produce more energy than conventional technologies.
Meyer Burger plans to enter Australia’s growing solar market with heterojunction half-cell solar panels that offer up to 20% more yield compared to traditional PERC modules. It announced that it will offer white, black and glass modules in Australia. They all contain heterojunction half-cell solar cells. It said the modules have an efficiency of up to 21.8% and power up to 400W.
The dimensions of the white panel are 1767 x 1041 x 35 mm and the weight is 19.7 kg. It is available with a power of 380–400 W and efficiencies of 20.7–21.7%. It has a temperature coefficient of -0.23% per degree Celsius and a maximum system voltage of 1000 V. It is made of 120 monocrystalline heterojunction halves and 3.2 mm anti-reflective glass.
The black product has the same weight and dimensions as the white module and its components and electrical performance values. It is available in five versions with a power of 375-395 W and an efficiency of 20.4-21.5%.
Regarding the glass-glass version, the module weighs 24.4 kg and measures 1722 x 1041 x 35 mm, the power varies between 370-390 W, the efficiency is up to 21.8% and the maximum system voltage is 1500 V.
White and black products have a 25-year linear power warranty and a 25-year product warranty. Their average annual decay is 0.25% for 25 years and 2% during the first year of life. The initial warranty for the glass-glass panel is 30 years and at least 93% of the original performance is guaranteed.
Meyer Burger Australia/New Zealand country manager Brendan Kay said Australia offers significant growth opportunities for the manufacturer.
“The Australian solar market, with its high demand for sustainable products manufactured to high social and ethical standards, presents an excellent opportunity for Meyer Burger,” he said. “With our solar panels, the customer can collect more solar energy from the roof – even at very high temperatures. This advantage is even greater with a glass-glass product, which, when properly installed, turns the sun into electricity even on the back side with a bifacial efficiency of more than 90%.”
The Australian branch of Germany’s BayWa re acts as the first distributor of Meyer Burger panels in Australia.
BayWa Australia CEO Durmus Yildiz said he expects the Swiss and German-made panels to “fill an important gap in the Australian market… It is particularly important to us that Meyer Burger follows sustainable manufacturing and sourcing practices and continuously strives to reduce the carbon footprint of its high-performance modules.”