Panasonic Eco Solutions North America announced the launch of its most efficient solar panels yet, PV module HIT® N330 and N325. Ideal for use in virtually all residential applications, N330 and N325 achieve up to 36% higher yield per ft2, and helps lower the installation and balance of system costs per kW than conventional panels which will provide savings for consumers over a 25-year lifecycle. Both the new products have the industry-highest level panel efficiency of up to 19.7%.
The innovative hetero-junction cell structure is made of mono-crystalline and amorphous silicon layers. This enables the Panasonic HIT® range to achieve industry-leading energy efficiency with the same dimensions as trneaditional solar panels. The Panasonic HIT® range of solar panels employs 96 cells compared to conventional 60-cell panels wasting no space and performing at high quality even at high temperatures. The N330 and N325 boast 4.95 kWp and 4.88 kWp capacities respectively on 20 ft x 20 ft (400 ft2) rooftop with 15 modules, while a conventional 60-cell 260 W panel with the same setup achieves only 3.9 kWp capacities on the same dimension roof.
"Since pioneering amorphous silicon solar cell more than four decades ago, Panasonic has offered customers industry-leading performance and value with our boundary-pushing photovoltaic technology," said Dan Silver, President, Panasonic Eco Solutions North America. "The new N330 and N325 are the latest in this innovative lineage, setting a new standard for efficiency and providing huge savings for homeowners."
Panasonic's unique pyramid cell structure enables this unrivaled efficiency, absorbing more sunlight to generate power and provide higher efficiency than rougher, more reflective conventional crystalline structures. The water drainage frame removes water from the panel surface, even in low angle installations, avoiding accumulation or water stains after drying which can reduce power output and harm efficiency.
Panasonic has manufactured N330 and N325 solar panels using state-of-the-art techniques to perform at high temperatures with minimal degradation on quality or efficiency. Panasonic's robust manufacturing process also provides installers and consumers additional value through an extended product warranty of 15 years. Panasonic's test criteria are one of the highest in the industry proof to help assure long term goals and safe operation over many years.