Swiss company CSEM has developed a new technology to make white solar modules, with no visible cells and connections, a reality. It combines a solar cell technology able to convert infrared solar light into electricity and a selective scattering filter, which scatters the whole visible spectrum while transmitting infrared light. Any solar technology based on crystalline silicon can now be used to manufacture white – and colored – modules.

For decades architects have been asking for a way to customize the color of solar elements to make them blend into a building’s skin. White is a particularly interesting color as it is widely used for its elegance, versatility, and fresh look. Despite of this demand, no one was ever able to realize a truly white solar module; naturally believing that it was impossible as most of the light is reflected, contrary to the requirements of all solar panels.

The technology can be applied on top of an existing module or integrated into a new module during assembly, on flat or curved surfaces. Besides its main application in BIPV, other fields such as consumer electronics (laptops) and the car industry are expected to show significant interest.

WHITE IS COOL

The fact that a white surface will reach lower temperature under the sun is an additional advantage. The visible light being reflected does not contribute to heat, thus a white solar cell is expected to work at temperatures 20-30° lower than standard PV modules. White PV modules can also contribute to increase energy savings in buildings by keeping inner spaces cooler and reducing air conditioning costs. Several US cities have started to paint roofs white for the same reason. In the near future such actions could be replaced by the installation of white solar modules.

The new LG NeON® R at a similar physical size reached an incredible 360W (20.8% efficiency)!

This makes it ideal for solar systems seeking visually pleasing panels and for roofs where space is tight.

The NeON® R is also the right panel when future solar system expansion is considered. Or as a combo install of panels and solar energy storage via batteries as well as electric vehicle charging. The LG NeON® R is a very powerful module. The 30 multi-ribbon busbars at the rear of the module sets a new standard of innovation. It is the result of LG’s extensive solar R&D investment.

The LG NeON® 2 has seen many improvements, from

  • longer warranties,
  • higher efficiency,
  • stronger frames,
  • better wind loading.

is ideal for homes seeking a visually pleasing solar panel. And for roofs where space is tight or where you are considering future system expansions (e.g. to incorporate battery storage or electric car charging). The LG NeON® modules have double sided cells and CELLO technology absorb light from the front and the back of the cell. This technology sets a new standard for innovation and is internationally awarded.

The latest Mono X® Plus benefits from years of LG research. The fifth generation LG Mono X® Plus offers:

  • long warranties,
  • high efficiency,
  • strong frames,
  • Australia’s highest wind loading panel.

The LG Mono X® Plus will provide many years of clean, reliable energy. Choosing the high quality Mono X® Plus is an investment in superior standards of design, manufacture, back up support and warranties.


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