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Q.SMART CIGS modules go global

The plant will cover the electricity needs of more than 6000 households and save about 11,800 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.


Q-Cells SE has sold approximately 200,000 Q.SMART CIGS thin-film solar modules to the solar company GP Joule, based in the North Frisia area of Germany. 

Based on this, GP Joule has constructed one of the world's largest solar power plants using CIGS thin-film technology, which was constructed in the record time of just eight-and-a-half weeks. 

Q-Cells delivered the photovoltaic modules needed for the project

The project was developed by the Stuttgart-based project developer Martin Bucher, while the company Module24 selected the premium Q-Cells products for the plant and all the companies involved. Q-Cells provided technical support during the installation phase. The grand opening of the plant happened on Friday 28th October at Solarpark Ammerland, in the municipality of Wiefelstede in Lower Saxony. 

Approximately 100 invited guests attended the opening; they included Lower Saxony's premier, David McAllister. Investor of the project is the bank independent investment company Aquila Capital. Information on the volume of the investment is subject to a confidentiality agreement.

The plant was installed on an area of 57hectares in Wiefelstede, in the Ammerland district, which had formerly served as a military airbase. With a total capacity of over 20.8 MWp, Solarpark Ammerland will cover the electricity needs of more than 6000 households and save about 11,800 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually by producing climate-friendly solar energy.

"We're very pleased to be working with GP Joule and Module24; our cooperation demonstrates that our customers value us as a partner and trust our high-quality product applications and our technical expertise", said Ingo Engelmann, COO of Q-Cells affiliate Solibro. "Solarpark Ammerland is a beacon project in the field of CIGS thin-film technology which proves the top performance and versatility of our Q.SMART modules."

Marc Weißmüller, CEO at Module24 GmbH, and project developer Martin Bucher are in full agreement on their trust in Q-Cells: "Q-Cells adheres to the same high quality standards that we and our investors have upheld without compromises for many years now. The Ammerland plant is proof of the fact that CIGS thin-film modules are eminently suitable for building efficient, profitable solar power plants", said Marc Weißmüller.

"Thanks to Solarpark Ammerland, we'll be able to bring fallow land back to life and take a further stride along with the state of Lower Saxony towards a sustainable electricity system using renewable energy sources", says GP Joule CEO Ove Petersen. "The project clearly shows that there are forward-looking, efficient and economically sound usage ideas available for converted land, and that these ideas can be realised quickly and without too much bureaucratic red tape."   

Q.SMART solar modules from Q-Cells, based on CIGS thin-film technology, are claimed to have the highest efficiency recorded to date in the field of thin-film modules. With efficiency ratings of up to 14.7 % in relation to aperture area, Q-Cells says it holds the world record for series-produced thin-film modules since 2009. 

The performance of Q.SMART modules receives a further boost from a "light-soaking effect" which can increase output by an average of 2.5 % above nominal output in standard field test conditions. Their capacity to produce high yields even when light is poor or the climate is hot makes Q.SMART modules suitable for a diverse range of applications, from roof-mounted systems for residential customers to commercial roof-mounted systems and large ground-mounted installations. 


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