ICHTERSHAUSEN, GERMANY: At nearly 6m², the full size module from Masdar PV is almost as big as a garage door. The leading manufacturer of innovative products and solutions in thin-film photovoltaics is for the first time ever supplying the full size thin-film PV modules for three solar parks with a capacity of 1 MW each to be built in Slovakia.
Installation developer and system integrator is the Hungarian company Raabvill Kft., which has contracted with Masdar PV to supply a total of 6 MW of the silicon-based thin-film PV modules. The first 3 MW will begin supplying renewable solar energy in Slovakia in June 2011. The remaining modules will be installed later that summer.
The large surface area of the full-size modules means that overall system costs are reduced, allowing customers to obtain an attractive cost-benefit ratio. “Our 5.7 m² large full-size modules require fewer inverters and less cable for installation – so set-up and maintenance costs are lower. That creates unmistakable advantages for our customers and we expect the demand for our full-size modules to continue increasing for that reason”, says Dr. Matthias Peschke, COO at Masdar PV. The COO is very pleased about working with Raabvill Kft. “In Raabvill Kft. we have a highly experienced and successful partner with very good contacts, particularly with Eastern European investors and government agencies.”
Raabvill Kft.’s decision to order from the Ichtershausen-based company is primarily based on the excellent quality of its solar modules as well as the high energy efficiency of 8 % that the modules deliver. With the financial strength of its parent company, Masdar of Abu Dhabi, behind it, Masdar PV also represents a reliable partner in Germany for Raabvill Kft. Peter Krupanszky from Raabvill Kft. puts it this way: “We see this initial large order as the prelude to a successful and long-lasting partnership between Masdar PV and our company.”