Solar Frontier sees first install of its flexible modules

The world’s largest shipping container hub will now sport some of the lightest PV modules available. Japan’s Solar Frontier has supplied its new flexible CIGS modules to an array at PSA’S latest terminal in Singapore, Pasir Panjang Terminal Building 3. Solar Frontier has informed pv magazine that it is not disclosing the capacity of the array as it is a demonstration project.

Flexible CIGS modules, Solar Frontier refers to its technology as CIS, have long held great promise, yet few companies have been able to cost effectively supply the space. The Solar Frontier flex modules feature CIS deposited onto a thin metal, presumably stainless steel, substrate before flexible encapsulation. The modules have a power output of 150 W, similar to the company’s standard glass substrate modules.

The flex modules are produced by Solar Frontier at its Atsugi Research Centre near Tokyo. Solar Frontier indicates that its flexible range of modules are designed to extend the number of applications to which solar can be applied. In a statement, Solar Frontier said that the PSA terminal project is a demonstration project for both itself and PSA.

“The ultralight and bendable nature of the modules enable it to be used for a wider range of grid-tied and non-grid-tied applications, opening up new possibilities for solar energy. They can be applied to sides of high-rise buildings and on building rooftops with lower weight limits, including carports and warehouses. This advanced technology can also be used for non-grid-tied applications such as cars.”

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