Welcome!

News Feed Item

Sunpreme Double Glass PV Panels demonstrate extreme ruggedness in University of Wisconsin's Antarctica Environment Simulation tests

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Feb. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Sunpreme Inc., a US-based solar photovoltaic company that designs and manufactures its own cells, panels and systems, is pleased to announce that its advanced double glass PV panels have successfully passed severe test conditions of extreme low temperatures and mechanical robustness. The tests, conducted by the University of Wisconsin at their Physical Sciences Laboratory, are a stepping-stone to possible deployment of Sunpreme panels in Antarctica.  The panels are under consideration to be used at the IceCube Neutrino Observatory located at the South Pole to help reduce the logistical cost of running the detector. The cost of shipping fuel for generators to the South Pole is becoming exorbitant, with power costs now reaching $1.61/kWh. Sunpreme's solar PV panels could help reduce the cost of Antarctic research while providing a reliable source of energy to the important experiments going on.

In order to simulate the extreme low temperatures, testing was done at -60 C for extended periods of time to ensure that the test conditions did not show any evidence of failure to connectors, cabling, semiconductors, adhesives, or mounting hardware.

"Extreme environment requires a reliable solar panel, and Sunpreme panels, with their innovative and rugged double glass construction demonstrated excellent performance. After multiple tests of dropping the panels to temperatures of -60 degrees C for extended periods of time, the panels, junction boxes and cabling were able to withstand applied mechanical impacts without cracking or failure," said Matt Newcomb, from the Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The panels showed excellent electrical performance at low temperatures, with the increase in voltage at the low temperatures following the prediction of the temperature coefficient. This linear behavior is crucial for predicting the output of the panels at low temperature and properly sizing the rest of the system (inverters, batteries, etc.).  "Moreover, these frameless panels are easy to keep clean and they do not need grounding, which is definite bonus on the South Pole where there is not an easily accessible ground, since the glacial ice is over 2500 meters thick," added Newcomb.

"This is a gratifying milestone we have achieved in close partnership with the University of Wisconsin at their Physical Sciences Laboratory as it validates our modules design strategy for extreme ruggedness combined with outstanding aesthetics," said Dr. Ashok K Sinha, CEO and Chairman of Sunpreme. "Our new n-type Si based bi-facial  solar cells use Sunpreme's unique high performance Hybrid Cell Technology (HCT); these cells packaged in frameless double glass panels have already demonstrated  world-class cost performance in environments ranging from hot to cold, and space constrained roof tops to hurricane prone islands," added Dr. Sinha. 

"Sunpreme is proud to achieve outstanding performance of PV panels on these severe cold tests, and it further demonstrates the high reliability of our products, which has been our strong commitment to customers," said Surinder S. Bedi, Executive Vice President of Sunpreme. "This enables our global customer base to truly rely on Sunpreme double glass solar panels and systems to deliver guaranteed performance and reduced energy power costs – for the next 25 years or more. In addition to being robust, Sunpreme panels offer a breakthrough innovation enabling high efficiency cells using a versatile HCT architecture and combining advantages of both crystalline silicon and thin-films technologies," added Bedi. 

About the Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison: The Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center, or WIPAC, is a scientific center within the Graduate School of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with faculty based in the Departments of Physics and Astronomy.  The main goal of the center is maintaining and operating the IceCube Neutrino Observatory at the South Pole in Antarctica.

About SUNPREME Inc. 
Sunpreme is a global solar photovoltaic (PV) company that designs, develops and manufactures its proprietary SmartSilicon® solar panels and systems to satisfy the growing global demand for abundant, affordable, and reliable clean energy. Sunpreme products are designed and engineered in the Silicon Valley, USA, and are manufactured in China. It has deployed its solutions across the US, including Puerto Rico, and in Australia, China, India, Nigeria, the Philippines, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. To connect with Sunpreme, please visit: www.sunpreme.com.

SOURCE Sunpreme, Inc.

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
The speed of software changes in growing and large scale rapid-paced DevOps environments presents a challenge for continuous testing. Many organizations struggle to get this right. Practices that work for small scale continuous testing may not be sufficient as the requirements grow. In his session at DevOps Summit, Marc Hornbeek, Sr. Solutions Architect of DevOps continuous test solutions at Spirent Communications, explained the best practices of continuous testing at high scale, which is rele...
Web Real-Time Communication APIs have quickly revolutionized what browsers are capable of. In addition to video and audio streams, we can now bi-directionally send arbitrary data over WebRTC's PeerConnection Data Channels. With the advent of Progressive Web Apps and new hardware APIs such as WebBluetooh and WebUSB, we can finally enable users to stitch together the Internet of Things directly from their browsers while communicating privately and securely in a decentralized way.
Hardware virtualization and cloud computing allowed us to increase resource utilization and increase our flexibility to respond to business demand. Docker Containers are the next quantum leap - Are they?! Databases always represented an additional set of challenges unique to running workloads requiring a maximum of I/O, network, CPU resources combined with data locality.
"Matrix is an ambitious open standard and implementation that's set up to break down the fragmentation problems that exist in IP messaging and VoIP communication," explained John Woolf, Technical Evangelist at Matrix, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
"A lot of times people will come to us and have a very diverse set of requirements or very customized need and we'll help them to implement it in a fashion that you can't just buy off of the shelf," explained Nick Rose, CTO of Enzu, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
As software becomes more and more complex, we, as software developers, have been splitting up our code into smaller and smaller components. This is also true for the environment in which we run our code: going from bare metal, to VMs to the modern-day Cloud Native world of containers, schedulers and micro services. While we have figured out how to run containerized applications in the cloud using schedulers, we've yet to come up with a good solution to bridge the gap between getting your contain...
Web Real-Time Communication APIs have quickly revolutionized what browsers are capable of. In addition to video and audio streams, we can now bi-directionally send arbitrary data over WebRTC's PeerConnection Data Channels. With the advent of Progressive Web Apps and new hardware APIs such as WebBluetooh and WebUSB, we can finally enable users to stitch together the Internet of Things directly from their browsers while communicating privately and securely in a decentralized way.
"We host and fully manage cloud data services, whether we store, the data, move the data, or run analytics on the data," stated Kamal Shannak, Senior Development Manager, Cloud Data Services, IBM, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Who are you? How do you introduce yourself? Do you use a name, or do you greet a friend by the last four digits of his social security number? Assuming you don’t, why are we content to associate our identity with 10 random digits assigned by our phone company? Identity is an issue that affects everyone, but as individuals we don’t spend a lot of time thinking about it. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Ben Klang, Founder & President of Mojo Lingo, discussed the impact of technology on identity. Sho...
Information technology (IT) advances are transforming the way we innovate in business, thereby disrupting the old guard and their predictable status-quo. It’s creating global market turbulence. Industries are converging, and new opportunities and threats are emerging, like never before. So, how are savvy chief information officers (CIOs) leading this transition? Back in 2015, the IBM Institute for Business Value conducted a market study that included the findings from over 1,800 CIO interviews ...
"Operations is sort of the maturation of cloud utilization and the move to the cloud," explained Steve Anderson, Product Manager for BMC’s Cloud Lifecycle Management, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Due of the rise of Hadoop, many enterprises are now deploying their first small clusters of 10 to 20 servers. At this small scale, the complexity of operating the cluster looks and feels like general data center servers. It is not until the clusters scale, as they inevitably do, when the pain caused by the exponential complexity becomes apparent. We've seen this problem occur time and time again. In his session at Big Data Expo, Greg Bruno, Vice President of Engineering and co-founder of StackIQ...
"I think that everyone recognizes that for IoT to really realize its full potential and value that it is about creating ecosystems and marketplaces and that no single vendor is able to support what is required," explained Esmeralda Swartz, VP, Marketing Enterprise and Cloud at Ericsson, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
The buzz continues for cloud, data analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT) and their collective impact across all industries. But a new conversation is emerging - how do companies use industry disruption and technology enablers to lead in markets undergoing change, uncertainty and ambiguity? Organizations of all sizes need to evolve and transform, often under massive pressure, as industry lines blur and merge and traditional business models are assaulted and turned upside down. In this new da...
"We got started as search consultants. On the services side of the business we have help organizations save time and save money when they hit issues that everyone more or less hits when their data grows," noted Otis Gospodnetić, Founder of Sematext, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @DevOpsSummit, held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City.