First Solar releases 92.5-watt thin film photovoltaic module14. December 2012 | By: First Solar
Newest FS Series 3 module is latest milestone on cost-efficiency roadmap
First Solar today announced the release of its most advanced thin-film photovoltaic module, the Series 3 FS-392, which is rated at 92.5 watts.
The new FS-392 module maintains all the existing IEC certifications and UL listings for the Series 3 family, including UL listing for 1000-volt systems.
"The FS-392 demonstrates the success of First Solar's R&D investment to drive higher and higher module conversion efficiencies into production," said Tom Kuster, First Solar vice president of product management and system technology.
"This increase in module efficiency, coupled with our thin-film technology's real-world yield advantage when compared to crystalline silicon photovoltaic, results in higher energy density and lower levelized cost of energy (LCOE)."
One of the drivers of First Solar modules' performance advantage over crystalline silicon solar modules is a lower temperature coefficient, delivering higher energy yields at elevated operating temperatures typical of utility-scale power plants in sunny regions. For full details, please see a white paper on this topic, which can be downloaded at www.firstsolar.com/Innovation/Advanced-Thin-Film-Modules.