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Canadian Solar mass producing its next-gen HiKu7 modules (665 W)

Written by: Leonard Parker | Solar News | 13th April

Canadian Solar Inc. today announced that it has started mass production of high-power, high-efficiency modules with power output of up to 665 W. The new generation of monofacial HiKu7 and bifacial BiHiKu7 modules are based on 210 mm cells. The company says these modules have been optimized with leading tracker and inverter designs to ensure seamless installation of solar systems.

“With up to 665 W capacity, these modules will further reduce the LCOE of solar energy generated and increase the energy yield of solar plants,” stated Shawn Qu, Chairman and CEO of Canadian Solar. “These modules also have high reliability with several special technologies, such as damage-free cell cutting, strict hot spot control, and low LeTID technology, etc.”

The nameplate production capacity of the HiKu7 and BiHiKu7 modules will reach 10 GW by the end of 2021, of which a significant portion has already been booked. The Company will deliver the first batch of the new high-power, high-efficiency modules this month. Notable features of the HiKu7 and BiHiKu7 modules include:

Power classes of up to 665 W and module efficiencies of up to 21.4%.Commercial deployment of Canadian Solar’s proprietary cell technology and module design, including hetero-type ribbon (HTR) and paving technology. Both technologies reduce the gap between solar cells by more than 50%, thereby increasing the power output of solar modules over the same area.Further reduction of light-and elevated temperature-induced degradation (LeTID) using Canadian Solar Advanced Regeneration (CSAR) technology. This technology further reduces cell and module power degradation under light and at high temperatures, increasing power output of solar modules and lengthening their useful lifetime.Excellent value for commercial and utility scale PV plants, reducing balance of system costs by up to 5.7% and LCOE by up to 8.9% relative to mainstream 445 W modules.Certified by VDE according to IEC61215 and IEC61730 product standards.