Copper indium gallium di-selenide thin-film array, fixed ground-mount
In this type of thin film module the active layer consists of Copper Indium Gallium di-Selinide (CIGS) instead of silicon. The long thin cells of CIGS modules make them less sensitive to partial shading compared to crystalline silicon modules.
In the laboratory,
CIGS modules have achieved efficiencies comparable to crystalline
silicon modules. Q-Smart CIGS modules have one of the highest conversion
efficiencies of thin film modules produced on a commercial scale.
Q-Cells is a global business that manufactures photovoltaic cells and modules. Q-Cells also designs, installs and markets large scale photovoltaic systems.
|Electricity produced (annual):||9.1 MWh*|
|System size:||5.61 kW|
|Array area:||49.48 m²|
|Number of panels:||66|
|Panel efficiency:||11.33 %|
|Panel type:||SL1-85 Q-Smart UF 85|
|Inverter size, type:||6kW, SMA SMC 6000A|
|Array orientation:||True north, at 20° tilt|
|Installation completed:||1 August 2010|
* This figure is based on an assumption of 1.622 MWh annually, per kWp of installed solar panels. This may prove to be a conservative estimate for Alice Springs.