Shell Solar introduces new, more powerful, monocrystalline products in europe

Shell Solar, a global producer and marketer of photovoltaic cells, panels and systems, announced that it is to introduce two new lines of monocrystalline photovoltaic modules in Europe from this Autumn, each with a power output capacity six per cent higher than its predecessor despite the surface areas remaining unchanged.

Shell Solar, a global producer and marketer of photovoltaic cells, panels and systems, announced that it is to introduce two new lines of monocrystalline photovoltaic modules in Europe from this Autumn, each with a power output capacity six per cent higher than its predecessor despite the surface areas remaining unchanged.


The greater power output is the result of a change in design. Whereas the solar cells in the lines being replaced have rounded corners, those in the new modules are practically square. The unoccupied spaces between the cells are smaller so that the customer obtains more power for the area covered. The new modules are called the Shell SQ line, with SQ standing for square.

Shell SQ modules will gradually replace the existing SP product line. Shell SQ80 (80 watts peak power) will replace Shell SP75 (75 watts peak power). Shell SQ160-C (160 watts peak power) will supercede Shell SP150 (150 watts peak power). Both will be covered by 25 year power warranties.

Shell SQ80 is particularly well suited for off grid 12-volt industrial applications where power has to be generated at a high rate by a limited module surface area. The Shell SQ80's compact dimensions enable it to be readily transported to and set up at remote locations.

Shell SQ160-C is Shell Solar's most cost-effective product, excellently suited for operation in commercial grid-connected applications with system voltages of up to 1,000 volts. When mounted on residential or industrial rooftops, where power has to be generated at the highest possible rate from a limited module surface area, the Shell SQ160-C provides consistently high energy outputs. Shell SQ160-C modules are supplied with fitted cables and MultiContact plugs making installation quicker and cheaper.

Shell Solar, headquartered in Amsterdam, is one of the leading players in the photovoltaic industry. With a workforce of 1,100, Shell Solar markets its products in more than 90 countries. To date, Shell Solar has supplied solar cells and modules with a total peak capacity in excess of 300 megawatts - significantly more than any other competitor. This corresponds to about one-fifth of the capacity installed worldwide.

Shell Solar is part of Shell Renewables, a core business of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Companies.

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