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Hanwha SolarOne Solar Panel Review

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Hanwha SolarOne

Hanwha Group is one of Korea’s top ten enterprises. In 2010, Hanwha Group achieved total assets of approximately USD83 billion and total sales of approximately USD 27 billion. Originally established in 1952 as an industrial explosives manufacturer, Hanwha Group has actively expanded its business scope through both organic growth and corporate acquisitions. The company has presence in Asia, Middle east, Europe, America & Africa. Hanwha Group is currently engaged in three core business areas: manufacturing/construction, finance and service/leisure.

After Hanwha Group took over Solarfun Power Holdings Co. Ltd.in 2010, it came to be known as Hanwha SolarOne. It is a renewable energy company listed on NASDAQ (HSOL). Hanwha SolarOne Co. Ltd. has become the flagship of the Hanwha Solar Network, throughout the PV value chain – from the production of polysilicon to project development and financing services.

Hanwha Modules

Hanwha SolarOne solar modules are ideal for on grid & off grid applications for:

Commercial – manufactures PV cells & modules for large-scale commercial and government solar applications, for 200 kW or greater, mounted on rooftops of buildings.

Residential – offers arrays mounted flat or at a fixed inclination on rooftops. Hanwha SolarOne has a wide range of solar products, including Black Diamond and BIPV modules such as SolarIris for residential and smaller commercial installations.

Utility-scale – the company can provide anything ranging from ground-mount solar installation with a tracking system in the desert, to a rooftop installation across several large structures in an urban are, with a proven track record for large (1 MW+) utility-scale solar projects.

High Quality Solar Modules HanwhaHanwha SolarOne solar modules are built using in-house produced cells that undergo rigorous materials testing before and during module production, through the 5S Lean manufacturing process. Prior to solar module assembly, each cell is individually inspected, tested to verify its standards.

Hanwha Solar Panels Features

Some of the distinguishing features of the Hanwha Solar modules are:

  • 3-Busbar Configuration - By decreasing the amount of space between busbars and the distance the current must travel, Hanwha SolarOne’s 3-busbar solar cells reduce current loss and increase cell power output.
  • Weather-resistant Solar Module Frame – The module frames are made of aluminum alloy and treated to corrosion resistant oxidation coating, for maximum endurance in rugged weather conditions.
  • EVA (ethylene-vinyl-acetate) – Uses very high quality EVA.
  • Durable Glass Surface – The glass surface of Hanwha solar modules provides great durability.

Types of Solar Modules

Hanwha SolarOne manufactures both Polycrystalline & Monocrystalline modules, which comes in Standard & X-tra series. Other range includes BlackDiamond, SolarIris & Greenhouse. Both Polycrystalline & Monocrystalline modules come with similar features. The characteristics of the different models are listed below:

Key Features:

  • Guaranteed quality: 12 year product warranty, 25 year performance warranty
  • Predictable output: Positive power sorting of 0 to + 5 W
  • Innovative solutions: Anti-reflecting coating for high sunlight absorption
  • Robust design: Module certified to withstand high snow loads, up to 5.4 kN/m2
  • Long term responsibility: Free module recycling in PV Cycle member countries

Polycrystalline Modules -

  1. Standard Series:

1) SF190

Mechanical Characteristics:

Dimensions:        1494 mm × 1000 mm × 40 mm
Weight:                  17 kg
Frame:                   Aluminum alloy
Front:                     Tempered glass
Encapsulant:        EVA

Back Cover:           Composite sheet
Cell Technology: Polycrystalline
Cell Size:                 156 mm × 156 mm
Number of Cells: 54 (6 × 9)

2) SF220

Mechanical Characteristics:

Dimensions:         1652 mm × 1000 mm × 50 mm
Weight:                   22 kg
Frame:                    Aluminum alloy
Front:                      Tempered glass
Encapsulant:         EVA
Back Cover:           Composite sheet
Cell Technology: Polycrystalline
Cell Size:                  156 mm × 156 mm
Number of Cells:  60 (6 × 10)

3) SF260

Mechanical Characteristics:

Dimensions:         1966 mm × 1000 mm × 50 mm
Weight:                   26 kg
Frame:                    Aluminum alloy
Front:                      Tempered glass
Encapsulant:         EVA
Back Cover:           Composite sheet
Cell Technology: Polycrystalline
Cell Size:                 156 mm × 156 mm
Number of Cells:  72 (6 × 12)

2. X-tra Series:

1) SF190

Mechanical Characteristics:

Dimensions:         1494 mm × 1000 mm × 35 mm
Weight:                    16 kg
Frame:                     Aluminum alloy
Front:                      Tempered glass
Encapsulant:        EVA
Back Cover:           Composite sheet
Cell Technology: Polycrystalline
Cell Size:                 156 mm × 156 mm
Number of Cells: 54 (6 × 9)

2) SF220

Mechanical Characteristics:

Dimensions:          1652 mm × 1000 mm × 45 mm
Weight:                    21 kg
Frame:                     Aluminum alloy
Front:                       Tempered glass
Encapsulant:         EVA
Back Cover:           Composite sheet
Cell Technology: Polycrystalline
Cell Size:                 156 mm × 156 mm
Number of Cells: 60 (6 × 10)

3) SF260

Mechanical Characteristics:

Dimensions:          1966 mm × 1000 mm × 50 mm
Weight:                     26 kg
Frame:                     Aluminum alloy
Front:                       Tempered glass
Encapsulant:         EVA
Back Cover:           Composite sheet
Cell Technology: Polycrystalline
Cell Size:                 156 mm × 156 mm
Number of Cells:  72 (6 × 12)

Monocrystalline Modules -

1. Standard Series:

SF160

Mechanical Characteristics:

Dimensions:          1580 mm × 808 mm × 40 mm
Weight:                    14 kg
Frame:                     Aluminum alloy
Front:                       Tempered glass
Encapsulant:         EVA
Back Cover:           Composite sheet
Cell Technology: Monocrystalline
Cell Size:                125 mm × 125 mm
Number of Cells: 72 (6 × 12)

2. X-tra Series

SF160

Mechanical Characteristics:

Dimensions:            1580 mm × 808 mm × 35 mm
Weight:                    14kg (+/-1kg)
Frame:                     Aluminum alloy
Front:                      Tempered glass
Encapsulant:         EVA
Back Cover:           Composite sheet
Cell Technology: Monocrystalline
Cell Size:                125 mm × 125 mm
Number of Cells: 72 (6 × 12)

Black Diamond Solar Modules

Combine the performance and reliability of Hanwha SolarOne’s solar technology with a streamlined, slick, all-black appearance. The result is a high-performance solar module with an attractive aesthetic that is ideal for installations where appearance is a critical factor, such as residential or small commercial buildings.

These also come in standard & x-tra series.

SolarIris

Key Features:

  • Solarlris modules are multi-functional elements serving as glazing material in façades and skylights.
  • The Solarlris elements are equipped with high performance solar cells for maximum energy generation
  • The Solarlris modules is available in a variety of colors and styles
  • The Solarlris modules significantly reduce glare
  • The Solarlris modules can be customized to transmit a percentage, usually 10 – 20 %, of natural light.

Greenhouse

Key Features:

  • The SF 160 Mono Greenhouse module is especially developed for direct mounting in greenhouse structures.
  • High Energy Generation: Mono crystalline solar cells for maximum power output.
  • Optimized Cultivation: Favorable lighting conditions for a variety of plants through customized solutions.
  • Easy Installation: Frame configuration simplifies overall system design.

Costs & Affordability

Hanwha SolarOne makes one of the cheapest panels and sells it at a very low price. The quality is also quite good and with strong parentage behind it. Again like Trina Solar, it has very low cost Chinese manufacturing capacity. The cost of a 250 watt panel would be approximately 175 $ @ 70 cent per watt.

PG

Sneha Shah

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