Narrowing costs

PV manufacturer Suntech is to introduce a new compact frame design for its 60-cell W-Series at Intersolar in Munich next month.

In the new design, the module frame has been narrowed from 50mm to 35mm and total module weight has been reduced from 19.1kg to 18.2kg. Suntech say that these changes will make the module easier to handle, and allow for more efficient packaging that can reduce total storage and shipment costs by up to 25 per cent.

In addition, the lower aluminum content reduces the product’s carbon footprint and energy-payback period to less than two years under average conditions.

“This new slim frame represents an evolution in module design and will make our best-selling W-Series modules even easier to install.  Without compromising power output or durability, we can now provide our customers with a lighter and more compact product,” said Vedat Gürgeli, vice president of sales and marketing for Suntech in Europe.

“The new dimensions make it easier to transport and install the W-Series modules, saving time, effort and costs for our partners and installers.”