WINAICO, a division of Taiwan's module manufacturer, Win Win Precision Techonology Co., Ltd., announced that their PV modules have passed the most stringent hail impact test conducted by TÜV Rheinland. Being one of the first PV module manufacturers in the world who passed the new hail impact test, WINAICO justifies its PV modules’ ability to function reliably in most extreme weather conditions in the world.
In the new IEC 61215 compliant hail test, WINAICO WST-series modules withstood the impacts of 35 mm hail stones traveling at a speed of 27.2 m/s (98 kph). In comparison to the conventional tests involving 25 mm stones traveling at 23 m/s (83 kph), the newer test involves projectiles with approximately four times the kinetic energy.
“The capability to withstand severe hail strikes is particularly important for mountainous and heavy snow regions such as Australia, South Africa and the Alpine regions include Switzerland and Austria,” said Sascha Rossmann, Vice President of Global Sales at WINAICO. “As consumers begin to value the quality and reliability of PV modules, it becomes more important to pass the toughest tests in the industry to differentiate WINAICO modules from the rest. It is only through the best workmanship can we provide customers with a reliable solar solution, and protect our customers' long term investments.”