Hanwha Q Cells announces n-type module with passivating contacts


South Korea-based solar module manufacturer Hanwha Q Cells has announced it intends to produce solar panels based on n-type cells with passivating contacts in 2021.

The manufacturer will invest €15.5 million in implementing R&D activities related to the module technology at its facility in Thalheim, Germany. “The additional €15.5 million come[s] on top of last year’s pledge to invest €20 million into machinery and equipment for next-generation PV technology development,” it said in a statement.

The new n-type tech, which is described as an evolution of its Q.antum cell technology, was dubbed Q.antum Neo and the module that the company wants to manufacture with it should be called Q.Tron. It said the new product will reach efficiencies well above the levels of current p-type modules on the market. It did not provide any further technical details.

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Hanwha Q Cells' flagship products that are helping to drive the uptake of Q.antum technology include the Q.Peak Duo solar module range. The series includes the most powerful product developed by the company to date, the Q.Peak Duo XL-G9.3, which is available in five versions with power outputs ranging from 440 W to 480 W and efficiencies of 19.7% to 20.6%.

The Q.antum cell technology is based on a nano aluminum coating that enhances the module's electrical properties.

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