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Tianwei Solar Panels Review (190W, 250W) – Are they any good in Australia

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Tianwei Solar Panels

Tianwei New Energy is located in  in west China. Tianwei New Energy Holdings Co Ltd. (TWNE) is an affiliate of China South Industries Group Corporation (CSGC). Tianwei is a company with over 50 years’ history and  has a well established fully integrated PV industry chain (silicon-wafer-cell-module).

The Tianwei Group is primarily into power transmission. TWNE engages in the entire value chain of the solar photovoltaic (PV) industry – the R&D, manufacturing, sales and service of polysilicon materials. It is a fully integrated polysilicon, wafer, cell, module and PV system supplier. TWNE has a total investment of about USD1.5 billion. TWNE’s solar panel manufacturing capacity is 500MW.  It has six subsidiaries. Tianwei Group has established new energy company called Tivok in Australia, which focuses on energy saving solutions for lighting systems and photovoltaic systems. Tivok Australia manufactures TUV & UL certified solar panels for commercial, residential, utility & agricultural needs.

Tianwei Solar panels can be divided into: Monocrystalline & Multicrystalline Modules. Modules are available in the 190W ~ 250W and many more capacities.

1) Monocrystalline Modules

The Monocrystalline Tianwei Modules come in the following types:

i) TWxxxM72-BA and ii) TWxxxM72-BB.

i) Tianwei Solar Panel 200W (TWxxxM72-BA)

The above series is available in TW180M72-BA, TW185M72-BA, TW190M72-BA, TW195M72-BA, TW200M72-BA with maximum power ranging between 180~200 Pm(V).

ii)Tianwei Solar Panel 190W (TWxxxM72-BB)

The above series is available in TW170M72-BB, TW175M72-BB, TW180M72-BB, TW185M72-BB, TW190M72-BB with maximum power ranging between 170~190 Pm(W).

Monocrystalline Module Characteristics

Dimension  Length: 1580mm  Width: 808mm  Depth: 40mm
Standard Installation Hole Dimension 800mm 758mm
Weight  15.5 kg
Front Cover(material/type/thickness) Low iron tempered glass 3.2mm
Cell(quantity material/type/dimensions) 72 (6×12)/Monocrystaline/125mm x 125mm
Encapsulant(material)  EVA
Frame(material/color/anodization color) Anodized aluminum alloy/sliver/clear
Junction Box(protection degree)  IP 65 & IP 67
Cable(length/cross-section area)  1100mm/4 mm² .
Qualification Test Parameters 
Max.hailstone impact(diameter/velocity) 25mm hail. from 1m of distance at 23 m/s
Max. system voltage DC1000V(TUV)
Max. series fuse rating 15A
Operating Temperature  -40C to +85C
Max. static load,front(snow& wind)  5400 Pa
Max. static load, back(wind)  2400 Pa

Warranty

Manufacturing: 10 years

Power Output:

  • With in the first one year, the output power shall not degrade more than 3%
  • With in the first two years, the output power shall not degrade more than 4%
  • In the following 23 years, the average annual power degradation shall not exceed more than 0.6%

2) Multicrystalline Modules

The Multicrystalline Tianwei Modules come in the following types:

i) TWxxxL60-FA, ii) TWxxxL72-EA, iii) TWxxxP54-CA, iv) TWxxxP54-GA, v) TWxxxP72-EA, vi) TWxxxP60-FA and vii) TWxxxP60-AA.

i) Tianwei Solar Panel 250W (TWxxxL60-FA)

The above series come in TW240L60-FA, TW245L60-FA, TW250L60-FA, TW255L60-AA with maximum power ranging between 240~255 Pm(w).

ii) Tianwei Solar Panel 310W (TWxxxL72-EA)

The above series come in TW290L72-EA, TW295L72-EA, TW300L72-FA, TW305L72-EA, TW310L72-EA with maximum power ranging between 290~310 Pm(w).

Module Characteristics 

Dimensions  Length: 1640mm Width: 992mm  Depth: 40mm
Standard Installation Hole Dimension 860mm 942mm
Front Cover(material/type/thickness) Low iron tempered glass 3.2mm
Weight  19.5 kg
Cell(quantity/material/type/dimensions)  60(6 x 10)/multicrystalline/ 156mm x 156mm
Encapsulant(material)  EVA
Frame(material/color/anodization color) Anodized aluminum alloy/sliver/clear
Junction Box(protection degree)  IP 65 & IP 67
Cable(length/cross-section area)  1100mm/4mm²
Qualification Test Parameters
Max.hailstone impact(diameter/velocity) 25mm hail. from 1m of distance at 23 m/s
Max. system voltage DC1000V(TUV)
Max. series fuse rating 15A
Operating Temperature  -40C to +85C
Max. static load,front(snow& wind)  5400 Pa
Max. static load, back(wind)  2400 Pa

iii) Tianwei Solar Panel 215W (TWxxxP54-CA)
The above series come in TW195P54-CA, TW200P54-CA, TW205P54-CA, TW210P54-CA, TW215P54-CA with maximum power ranging between 195~215 Pm(w).

Other Distinguishing Characteristics

Dimensions  Length: 1495mm  Width: 995mm  Depth: 45mm
Standard Installation Hole Dimension  Length: 715mm Width: 945mm
Weight  19kg
Solar Cells 54 solar cells (156mm x 156mm) in a 6×9 matrix connected string

iv) Tianwei Solar Panel 220W (TWxxxP54-GA)
The above series come in TW200P54-GA, TW205P54-GA, TW210P54-GA, TW215P54-GA, TW220P54-GA with maximum power ranging between 200~220 Pm(w).

Other Distinguishing Characteristics

Dimensions  Length: 1482mm  Width: 992mm  Depth: 40mm
Standard Installation Hole Dimension  Length: 702mm Width: 942mm
Weight  18.5kg
Solar Cells 54 solar cells (156mm x 156mm) in a 6×9 matrix connected string

v) Tianwei Solar Panel 285W (TWxxxP72-EA)
The above series come in TW275P72-EA, TW280P72-EA, TW285P72-FA with maximum power ranging between 275~285 Pm(w).

Other Distinguishing Characteristics

Dimensions  Length: 1956mm Width: 992mm  Depth: 50mm
Standard Installation Hole Dimension 1176mm 942mm
Weight 27 kg
Cell(quantity/material/type/dimensions) 72(6 x 12)/multicrystalline/ 156mm x 156mm

vi) Tianwei Solar Panel 245W (TWxxxP60-FA)

The above series come in TW225P60-FA, TW230P60-FA, TW235P60-FA, TW240P60-FA, TW245P60-FA with maximum power ranging between 225~245 Pm(w).

Other Distinguishing Characteristics

Dimensions  Length: 1640mm Width: 992mm  Depth: 40mm
Standard Installation Hole Dimension 860mm 942mm
Weight  19.5 kg
Cell(quantity/material/type/dimensions)  60(6 x 10)/multicrystalline/ 156mm x 156mm

vii) Tianwei Solar Panel 240W (TWxxxP60-AA)

The above series come in TW220P60-AA, TW225P60-AA, TW230P60-AA, TW235P60-AA, TW240P60-AA with maximum power ranging between 220~240 Pm(w).

Other Distinguishing Characteristics

Dimensions  Length: 1653mm Width: 995mm  Depth: 45mm
Standard Installation Hole Dimension 873mm 945mm
Weight  20 kg
Cell(quantity/material/type/dimensions)  60(6 x 10)/multicrystalline/ 156mm x 156mm

Warranty

Manufacturing: 10years

Power Output:

  • With in the first one year, the output power shall not degrade more than 2%
  • With in the first two years, the output power shall not degrade more than3%
  • In the following 23 years, the average annual power degradation shall not exceed more than 0.7%

After 25 years, the product’s output power shall not be less than 83% of the minimum output power as set forth in this specification.

Quality, Costs & Affordability

All Tianwei panels come with TUV, UL and MCS-BABT Certification. Also a vertically integrated PV value chain ensures secured supply, high quality and low cost of Tianwei products. Tianwei solar panels are cheap and affordable, being Chinese. The module would cost around 70 cents per watt.

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  1. Brett Davidson

    are Tianwei TW 190(35)D-2 an approved panel in Australia