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Higher Solar Home Systems efficiency thanks to PV Modules with an innovative frame design

Innovative frame design can significantly increase the efficiency of solar home systems by reducing the temperature of solar modules when in use. This has been demonstrated in tests conducted by the off-grid solar module manufacturer OPES Solutions. The company investigated the temperature performance of various PV module and mounting solutions on a typical corrugated sheet metal roof. The material is frequently used in Africa and heats up particularly strongly in sunlight. In tests, the “T-Frame” module developed by OPES Solutions, reduced module temperatures by over 6°C and is now being used by Azuri, one of the market leaders for high-quality Pay-As-You-Go solar technology.

Interview in pv magazine: Lead-free soldering in modules. It can be done!

OPES in trade media. Our CEO Robert Händel was interviewed by the pv magazine about our lead free soldered solar panels. Read the full interview here: pv magazine’s UP sustainability campaign has investigated the use of lead in PV panels and found, with soldered cell interconnections in particular, viable alternatives are scarce. However, German headquartered manufacturer Opes Solutions has launched a small module for the off-grid market featuring lead-free solder, developed at the request of a customer. We caught up with Opes CEO Robert Händel for a closer look at the module and the challenges and benefits of going lead-free.

OPES Solutions Launches Lead-Free Soldering in Production

OPES Solutions announces the mass production of lead-free soldered solar modules. By achieving lead-free soldering in the manufacturing process, the organization eliminates a harmful but common substance found in many solar production methods. By leading the way in the creation and application of environmentally solar panels, OPES has been able to attract like-minded partners like the social enterprise BioLite who will be using these new panels for the first time in their 2020 products.

Off-Grid Module Manufacturer OPES Solutions Expands Smart Manufacturing

OPES Solutions is introducing a series of new production solutions for the smart manufacturing of solar modules. The expansion is a response to the ever more diverse requirements for energy supply solutions in segments serving Energy Access and Smart City applications. The new solutions include a patented string multiplier capable of processing up to 6,000 partial solar cells per hour, making it around five times faster than machines available on the market to date. The company has also added new soldering machines and laminators to boost the level of production automation.

Intersolar: OPES Solutions presents standard solar module for mobile applications

Off-grid solar module manufacturer OPES Solutions is presenting a new standard solar module for mobile applications such as rental bikes at Intersolar 2019. The new impact and moisture resistant OPES PPS module is around 60% lighter and around 88% thinner than conventional solar modules. An embedded BMSC (Battery Management System Communication) chip ensures fast and easy integration into mobile systems. The front side material is dust-repellent and insensitive to scratches.

Successful financing round for off-grid solar module manufacturer OPES Solutions

OPES Solutions, the market leader in off-grid solar module manufacturing, announces today successful completion of its financing round with two leading impact investment companies, Kawisafi Ventures in Kenya and Quadia, based in Switzerland. The financing by Quadia is provided by an investment fund managed by the Swiss company in partnership with the Belgian bank Degroof Petercam.

OPES Solutions supplies solar modules for over 100,000 rental bicycles

OPES Solutions, a leading supplier of off-grid solar modules, will deliver over 100,000 special modules for rental bikes in May and June this year. With the help of the independent power supply provided by the OPES modules, the bikes are able to communicate actively with the lender at all times. As a result, maintenance and logistics concepts can be successfully implemented.

Four million off-grid modules produced

The off-grid solar module company OPES Solutions has produced four million modules since the start of manufacturing in 2012. Production will be further expanded in the coming months, including the use of processes and machines developed in-house. In its factory, OPES Solutions processes and optimizes cells from various manufacturers and produces both standard off-grid modules and individually developed module types. Most recently, the company presented the ultra-light O-Lite solar module, which weighs only about a third of conventional products.

New ultra-light solar module: OPES Solutions reduces module weight by two thirds

OPES Solutions, a leading supplier of off-grid solar modules for grid independent power supply, has developed an ultra-light solar module together with the Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics CSP. While conventional crystalline solar modules weigh around 60 grams per watt, O-Lite Plus modules weigh only about 20 grams per watt. This corresponds to a weight reduction of two thirds. The costs of the new frameless module in series production are on a par with those of conventional modules.