Written by: Leonard Parker | Solar News | 26th April
REC Group, an international solar energy company headquartered in Norway, has launched the new REC Alpha Pure Black solar panel.
With lead-free production and a substantial gain in power output, the new panel marks a major advancement of the REC Alpha launched in 2019, notes the company. The REC Alpha Pure Black will start production in June at REC’s fully automated manufacturing facility in Singapore, with first deliveries expected in July.
With advanced cell technologies and half-cut heterojunction cells in a gapless layout, the REC Alpha Pure Black delivers up to 405 Wp. The REC Alpha Pure Black is based on REC’s Twin Design and the patented split cell and junction box technology that has already proven popular in REC solar panels, including the original Alpha Series. At 219 W per square meter, the panel offers one of the highest power densities on the market.
The REC Alpha Pure Black Series marks an important advancement on sustainability. REC says it has eliminated lead from all panel components. This means the panel meets the European RoHS regulation, which is mandatory for all kinds of electrical products but not for photovoltaic panels. A solar panel typically contains a small amount of lead in relation to its total weight. On a large scale, the impact is significant, particularly when solar panels are recycled at the end of their service life. Last year alone, around 400 million solar panels were produced worldwide, adding around 10,000 tons of lead to the ecosystem.
The gapless layout uses every millimeter of the panel surface by avoiding typical gaps between cells. Because aesthetics play a role in rooftop solar applications, this gapless layout combined with a black back sheet gives the REC Alpha Pure Black Series a seamless appearance, which alongside its lead-free construction and high power, makes it a compelling solar panel choice for both residential and commercial rooftops.
The new REC Alpha Pure Black Series is eligible for the premium REC ProTrust warranty package, which offers up to 25 years coverage on product, performance and labor – with guaranteed power of at least 92% in year 25 of operation.