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SunPower launches new solar-power product line

Posted: 14 Jun 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:sunpower? cypress semiconductor? photovoltaic module? pv module?

SunPower Corp., a subsidiary of Cypress Semiconductor Corp., disclosed that its new solar-power product line is the first mass-produced photovoltaic (PV) modules utilizing its all-back-contact solar cells.

With conversion efficiencies approaching 17 percent, the new modules provide high power density, along with an optional "all-black" design that enhances the appearance of roof-mounted PV arrays.

According to CEO Tom Werner, "SunPower's new PV modules set a new industry standard for efficiency and appearance."

The PV product line is comprised of two new module types - SPR-210 and SPR-90.

The SPR-210 has a total module conversion efficiency approaching 17 percent and a minimum power rating of 210W. Designed for use in grid-connected applications such as rooftop systems and power plants, the SPR-210's high-conversion efficiency allows customers to install more kilowatts of solar power within a limited roof area, while reducing per-kilowatt installation cost.

A 90W-rated module, the SPR-90 is designed to charge 12V batteries in remote power applications. This module is engineered to deliver higher-battery charging current than conventional PV modules over a wide range of weather conditions from a smaller footprint. SunPower said that the high-power density of the SPR-90 modules can reduce the costs typically associated with remote power systems, including transportation, array support structure and installation labor.

Both products utilize SunPower's A-300 all-back-contact solar cells to generate up to 50 percent more power than traditional products. The company said that the A-300 solar cell's low voltage-temperature coefficient, exceptional low-light performance and high sensitivity to light across the entire solar spectrum enable both modules to convert virtually every accessible photon into useable electricity to maximize yearly energy production.

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