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How high-powered modules enhance your solar investment

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As the next generation of high-powered PV technology begins to roll off production lines, how these modules will fare in the field is a question on the lips of many. And it is a question we will look to address in this pv magazine Webinar, hosted in partnership with Canadian Solar.
We’ll take a closer look at the new technologies that are wrapped up in Canadian Solar’s new HiKu7 and BiHiKu7 modules, designed to reduce the LCOE for solar plants and set the stage for global grid parity. With power ratings up to 665 W, HiKu7 and BiHiKu7 open the door to further optimizations at several levels, promising lower LCOE and a higher return on investment, without creating additional challenges for installers or components suppliers.


How high-powered modules enhance your solar investment

The overwhelming trend in module technology this year has seen power ratings shoot up into the 600 W+ range, alongside larger overall dimensions, smaller gaps between cells and a slew of other innovations in cell technology, interconnection and more. And these modules are now beginning to be produced in large volumes by industry-leading manufacturers, making a closer look at the technologies they contain vital to the industry that will soon be working with them in the field.

In this pv magazine Webinar, hosted in partnership with Canadian Solar, we delve deeply into the new innovations contained within the company’s latest module offerings, the HiKu7 and BiHiKu7, available in both monofacial and bifacial formats, rated up to 665 W.

Kicking off the program, we’ll be honored to have Canadian Solar founder and CEO Dr. Shawn Qu with us to share his experience in his leadership over the last 19 years in the solar industry. He will give us insight into Canadian Solar’s technology leadership and future development.

After that, Christian Comes, Product Manager at Canadian Solar will take us through the inner workings of the HiKu7 and BiHiKu7 portfolio with detailed explanations on how the modules, already proven to be compatible with leading tracker designs, will significantly reduce BoS costs by allowing more modules per string, and subsequently more watts per pile on the tracker, less cabling and less installation work. Dr. Stefano Russo will highlight the advantages of HiKu7 and BiHiKu7 for developers and the impact on projects’ economics and LCOE. We also welcome Dr. Alan Xu, Sr. Director, Module R&D & Module Process Engineering Center at Canadian Solar, to answer your questions.

pv magazine Webinar content

  • Technology leadership and development
  • Workings and innovations of HiKu7 and BiHiKu7 modules
  • Breakdown of BoS cost savings
  • Power, Quality, and LCOE
  • Q&A

Questions can be submitted beforehand or during the webinar through a chat window. Mark Hutchins from pv magazine will be the moderator of this webinar.


If you are interested in receiving the presentation slides, please contact [email protected]

For further information about Canadian Solar’s brand new HiKu7 and BiHiKu7 modules, you can visit this website.


Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman and CEO | Canadian Solar

Dr. Qu founded Canadian Solar in 2001. Through his leadership Canadian Solar became a public listed company on NASDAQ in 2006 and has since firmly established itself among the top ranked manufacturers of solar photovoltaic products globally, and has cumulatively delivered over 46 GW of solar modules to thousands of customers in more than 150 countries. In 2015, Canadian Solar acquired Recurrent Energy, thus becoming one of the top world solar energy developer. By the end of June 2020, the company and its subsidiaries have cumulatively connected around 6 GW of solar power plants to the grid, 1 GW solar plants in operation, and have over 15 GW project pipeline and backlog. In the first half year of 2020, Canadian Solar delivered 5.1 GW modules and had a revenue of $ 1.52 billion, and the company expects to deliver 11~12 GW modules in 2020. Today, the Company has manufacturing facilities and sales subsidiaries in 23 countries with more than 14,000 employees globally.

Christian Comes, Product Manager EMEA | Canadian Solar

Christian Comes has been a Product Manager for Canadian Solar in the EMEA region since 2017, specializing in bifacial, LCOE and yield simulations, and module reliability. Previously, he worked for 12 years in Sanyo and Panasonic, specializing in performance simulation and bifacial technology. He holds an Engineering degree in Electronics and Telecommunications from the Polytechnic University in Valencia, Spain.

Dr. Stefano Russo, Managing Director of Finance and M&A | Canadian Solar

Dr. Stefano Russo joined the Energy Group of Canadian Solar in 2019 as Managing Director of finance and M&A. He has 12 years’ experience in the whole solar value chain, from manufacturing to project development. He currently specializes in financing and sales of utility scale solar power plants. Previous to joining Canadian Solar he was a Vice President at Terraform Power and worked in the financial institutions group of McKinsey. Stefano holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Yale University and a Bachelor degree (cum laude) from Federico II University in Naples.

Dr. Alan Xu, Sr. Director, Module R&D & Module Process Engineering Center| Canadian Solar

Dr. Alan Xu joined Canadian Solar in 2010 and serves as module R&D senior director now. He specializes in new module product and material development, and solar ingot, wafer and cell process. From 2017, he led the module R&D team to develop and mass-produce a series of new products, such as 5BB half-cell, 9BB half-cell, bifacial, shingled and 166mm wafer based above 400W modules. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Toronto, Canada.


Mark Hutchins | Magazine Director, pv magazine

Mark Hutchins joined pv magazine as production editor for our monthly global title in September 2016. He also reports on upstream technology and markets, and new and emerging solar regions for both print and online. Mark has experience in copywriting, music journalism and the fast-paced world of startups.

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