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.

BioLite, an off-grid energy provider specializing in solar lighting and charging, sees this partnership as an actionable component of its sustainability strategy: „At the core of BioLite’s mission is a belief in a clean energy future for both people and planet. We promise reliable, sustainable, renewable energy solutions for our customers so it’s critical that we, as an organization, examine and take responsibility for our own practices. The use of the new modules is a further step in our sustainability strategy, which has already resulted in BioLite being climate-neutral since 2015,” says BioLite’s VP of Marketing, Erica Rosen.

Advantages for end of life

“With the new module variants, we offer our customers the opportunity to design their products in a particularly environmentally friendly way on request. This makes sense in all areas of application, but especially in the growing Energy Access market in regions where waste management structures are incomplete,” says Robert Händel CEO of OPES Solutions. “As a further benefit, the working environment at our factory in Changzhou becomes healthier.” adds Händel.

Capacities from 3.6 watts to 180 watts

The new module variants are equipped with monocrystalline cells and are available in outputs from 3.6 watts to 180 watts. The material expertise and flexible production at OPES Solutions make it possible to use a wide variety of front and back materials, which are selected according to the intended use of the modules. For frame, junction box, connector and cable, both standard solutions and individual designs can be selected.

About OPES Solutions

OPES is a technology, quality and market leader in the off-grid solar industry. The company focus is on design and production of solar modules, which are tailored to suit applications in the energy access and smart city markets. Flexible design, high durability and an outstanding price/performance ratio are achieved by innovative manufacturing processes implemented in the OPES plant in Changzhou, China. The research and development partners of OPES Solutions include the Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics. Business & Product development are based in Berlin, Germany.

About BioLite

BioLite is a social enterprise that develops, manufactures, and markets advanced energy products for off-grid communities around the world. The company creates breakthrough cooking, charging, and lighting solutions for both outdoor enthusiasts as well as rural families living in energy poverty. It has been the recipient of numerous recognitions including Popular Science’s Best of What’s New, Fast Company’s Innovation by Design Awards, BusinessWeek’s Most Promising Social Enterprise, and the Red Dot Design Award. Headquartered in Brooklyn, NY, the company was founded in 2009 by Jonathan Cedar and Alec Drummond. BioLite is proudly a Carbon Neutral company. Discover more about BioLite at BioLiteEnergy.com