Panasonic Eco Solutions North America will exhibit its end-to-end solar solutions in booth #604 at Solar Power International (SPI '13), the solar energy industry's most powerful, comprehensive educational conference and product exhibition, from Oct. 21 to 24, at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill.
As the centerpiece of its booth, Panasonic will display the HIT Solar Panel "VBHN240SA11" and the new Panasonic HIT Double bifacial solar panel "VBHN225DA02". The new HIT Double will be exhibited as a reference model and special order-based product.
HIT solar cells employ proprietary technology, developed by Panasonic, in which hybrid solar cells composed of single crystalline silicon wafers are surrounded by ultra-thin amorphous silicon layers. This unique structure allows power generation from both sides of the solar cell. Panasonic HIT Double has a double-sided glass structure with laminated HIT solar cells inside. This structure allows the solar panel to capture sunlight and generate power from both sides of the solar panel. The Panasonic HIT Double potentially enables up to 30 percent1 higher power generation (kWh) compared to power generation from a single-sided HIT solar panel installed and subject to the same conditions.
Panasonic began developing and manufacturing solar photovoltaics in 1975. Since pioneering, developing and launching HIT Solar cells in the 1990s, Panasonic has been the technology leader and for decades customers have trusted the performance of the unique HIT technology.
"HIT Double is ideal for awnings, canopies, skylights, trellises and carports, as it features incredible power generation and also has a strikingly beautiful appearance," said, Atsushi Yoshida, senior manager for Panasonic Eco Solutions North America. "We expect to serve both the residential and commercial markets with this high efficiency product. We are here at SPI '13 to further extend our relationships with architects, engineers and construction companies to expand usage of HIT Double panels."
1 This is possible with a southern-facing, vertical installation on a concrete background.