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.
Patented laser and stringer processes increase output
OPES Solutions uses a Flying Fiber Laser to increase the output. The laser cuts the solar cells about ten times faster than conventional methods. A proprietary process for soldering the cells increases the throughput in the stringer fivefold. By combining these patented processes with proven production technology, the company can offer competitive prices while achieving a high level of quality.
Ongrid quality level for off-grid modules
“We have set ourselves the goal of setting high quality standards in the off-grid segment without neglecting profitability,” says Robert Händel, founder and CEO of OPES Solutions. The company has a certified quality, environmental and occupational safety management system. OPES Solutions is also the first manufacturer to have its standard off-grid modules fully certified by TÜV Nord according to IEC standards 61215 and 61730.
“At the same time, we are using the expansion of our production to set higher environmental standards and increase occupational safety. The extraction systems of our soldering stations and the knife free cutting of foils are unique and thus pioneering in the off-grid solar module industry,” adds Händel.
The development and sales headquarters of OPES Solutions will remain in Germany in the future in order to maintain proximity to development partners and European customers. “Cooperation with our partners such as the Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics or the lightweight construction specialist Gaugler & Lutz is one of the keys to our success. In addition, we can offer our customers the kind of individual development services that require innovative applications,” says Händel.
About OPES Solutions
OPES Solutions is a leading supplier of solar modules for off-grid power supply. The company develops and manufactures certified modules with outputs from 0.9 to 270 watts, which are distinguished by flexible design, high durability and an attractive price/performance ratio. The research and development partners of OPES Solutions include the Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics. Product development and support are based in Germany, production is located in Changzhou, China.