Technically advanced and low cost seems like two polar opposite concepts. However, things are about to change in solar as one of major technical advancements, half-cell modules, hits the market. Many Tier 1 manufacturers have already been heavily focused on developing half-cut designs. Industry experts expect that half-cut cells will continue to gain market share over the next 10 years.
Half-cell has been a technology that the company has been very excited about as the companies finds that the performance gains by cutting the cells in half are well worth the extra manufacturing requirements. Compared to its conventional full-cell product, at JinkoSolar, half-cell products has a roughly 5-10 W output advantage based on different modules. The gains from half-cell technology are the most significant when applied to standard monocrystalline products.
With comparable output to mono PERC, more competitive pricing, and higher shade tolerance, half-cell mono might just unseat mono PERC as the high-efficiency module of choice. But before you choose, put both products through a comprehensive set of benchmarks to find out which is best – take a deep dive into output, degradation, prices and LCOE too.
3 key takeaways from this presentation:
1. Half-cell is a highly adaptive technology that allows substantial increases in module output without huge increases cost
2. Half-cell’s shade tolerance allows it potentially outperform PERC in shade heavy residential project
3. Half-cell technology is a good alternative to PERC products