PALM DESERT, California (February 13, 2018) — The biggest ongoing challenges for manufacturers of photovoltaic (PV) modules are the loss of efficiency, limited vitality, and a drop in the conversion from kilowatt peak (kWp) to actual kilowatt hours (kWh).
Photovoltaic Graphene Matrix Technology or “PV Graf” shatters the mold of traditional BUS BAR PV technology and could soon become the go-to technology for solar power installations.
PV Graf utilizes a hybrid cell technology—combining thin film tech with crystalline silicon tech—to produce 50% higher efficiency modules that last longer, are less prone to micro-damage, and even when damaged, still work with almost zero loss of productivity.
Traditional PV modules are made up of a group of silicon cells connected to each other in series, much like old-fashioned Christmas lights. Therefore, the loss caused by any damage, even micro cracks, in each individual cell was multiplied through the system. Similarly, at dawn and dusk, some cells being in shadow (diffused light) results in losses that traditional BUS BAR technology cannot accommodate. That’s not even taking into account the standard 3-5% loss in energy conversion.
PV Graf solves many of these problems. The modified architecture of their photo array means that there is 1:1 kWp to kWh conversion – 100% of the solar energy captured by the PV module is transferred into usable electrical energy. The graphene matrix responds significantly better to both scattered and low light. And even when some cells are in deep shadow, it doesn’t affect the sensitivity of the rest of the active module, as it does in traditional BUS BAR technology.
Plus, their lower temperature manufacturing process means there is less inadvertent damage at the production and installation stages – no more high heat soldering means less thermal stress and fewer instances of silicon cells cracking. That means a longer life for the modules, saving significantly on on-going production costs.
FreeVolt is a European-based renewable energy company which has been manufacturing and installing technologically advanced solar systems since 2005. Their latest release is the next step, not only for their company, but for solar panel technology across the globe. PV Graf will soon be the standard by which future PV modules are judged.
PV Graf modules will be available exclusively from FreeVolt USA in the second quarter of 2018. For more information contact FreeVolt at (760) 345-0080 or visit www.FreeVolt.com.