At EU PVSEC (European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition), Bosch Solar Energy AG presented three prototypes of new crystalline and thin-film modules.
In the medium-term, Bosch Solar Energy's thin-film product portfolio is to be supplemented by a micromorphous product with a frame. With its thermally toughened front glass panel, it has a mechanical strength of 2400 pascal. Weighing in at only 16 kilograms, it is substantially lighter than conventional thin-film glass-glass laminates, which weigh around 25 kilograms. Furthermore, it can be mounted using the assembly systems that are already well established in the market. A “low voltage concept” is also in preparation. This low voltage means less wiring work for installers. “This concept takes account of our customers’ requirements, and we plan to have it ready for series production in the medium term. Due to its special properties, this module type is highly suitable for steeply sloping roofs and roofs that do not face full south,” said Peter Schneidewind, the management board member of Bosch Solar Energy AG responsible for sales. The new module prototypes also include a crystalline solar module on the basis of black monocrystalline silicon solar cells. With a black anodized frame and black backing foil, this model has been given a completely monochromatic design to satisfy the strict demands made on appearance in special architectural settings.