Improved Solar Panels Are Being Made in Singapore

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In an effort to find a solution to the lack of space for solar panels in Singapore, REC TwinPeak created a new panel that is able to produce more electricity. Specifically, the new model can generate 280W of power compared with the 260W produced by conventional models.

Armin Aberle from the National University of Singapore’s Solar Energy Research Institute worked with the REC team on developing the new solar panel. Considering the country’s limited space, he said that it is important to maximize the energy output from every square meter when using photovoltaic systems. Now, they designed the new model to work even if it is partly shaded, which is something conventional panels are not able to do.

For the new solar panels to work and be more efficient, they use a number of new technologies, such as smaller solar cells that will reduce the energy that is lost to heat.

Basically, the REC panels use cells that are about half the size of conventional ones, cutting in half the current that is running through them and reducing heat loss. Also, they maximize the amount of sunlight they absorb by harnessing the infrared energy that passes through them.

Commenting on this new development by REC and the country’s campaign of embracing clean energy, executive director of Singapore Economic Development Board, Goh Chee Kiong, said:

“Singapore is grooming clean energy as a growth area, which will address the opportunities from increasing urbanization and environmental sustainability in Asia…

“Innovations such as REC’s TwinPeak solar technology are one such example where companies have successfully tapped Singapore’s position as Asia’s clean energy hub to serve the regional markets.”