Offering an exceptional solution to the partial shading hurdle is AE Solar, a leading tier 1 brand in the renewable energy sector. The company is negating the influence of partial shading by providing high quality new energy products and services. Its innovative smart shading resistant hot-spot-free module decreases the impact of partial shading on PV modules and increases their output energy and service life without requiring any changes to building layouts. “Unlike normal PV modules, which have one bypass diode for every 20-24 full-cell equivalent solar cells, the AE Solar smart shading resistant hot-spot-free module includes one bypass diode per solar cell, making it more adaptable in terms of the percentage, shape, and directions of different shading environments,” points out Alexander Maier, Founder of AE Solar.
The AE Solar hot-spot-free module includes one bypass diode per solar cell, making it more adaptable in terms of the percentage, shape, and directions of different shading environments
While mentioning the key aspect of the organization that attracts prospective clients to partner with AE Solar, Maier says, “We always stick to the German Quality in terms of every aspect in the process of purchasing funnel with the client.” AE Solar’s PV modules undergo a one hundred percent testing ratio for visual inspection, EL (electroluminescence) testing, pressure testing, mechanical load testing, and age testing to ensure that they run safely and efficiently for at least three decades. German research institution, the Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics, tested smart shading resistant hot-spot-free modules under different partial shading conditions and stress situations to ensure practicality, performance, and reliability. Further, the module was continuously stressed by reverse and forward voltages to ensure the reliability of the integrated diodes. It emerged as a winner, with no issues of reliability under partial shading after 10,000 cycles.
Further, the module was continuously stressed by reverse and forward voltages to ensure the reliability of the integrated diodes. It emerged as a winner, with no issues of reliability under partial shading after 10,000 cycles.
AE Solar’s distinguishing factor that gives it a competitive edge is its balance between price and quality in tune with the product offering, which reduces the levelized cost of electricity (LCOE), and maximizes the return on investment (ROI). Compared to standard PV modules, the smart shading resistant hot-spot-free module can produce up to 85 percent more power in cases involving high dust accumulation, snow, or bird droppings. This results in a higher LCOE due to increased energy production and fewer cleaning cycles.
The company has also taken the rising piracy problems in the solar sector heads on. Today, several companies are offering counterfeit PV modules under trustworthy brand names that are low-quality and have a short lifetime and high degradation rate. In light of this, AE Solar has developed and launched a unique mobile application to prevent piracy and ensure the authenticity of PV modules by incorporating nearfield communication chip (NFC)-chips into all of its panels. “This is a global innovation, and despite the fact that the chips will be integrated into every PV module manufactured by AE Solar, the pricing for customers will not be altered and will remain the same,” remarks Maier. For its novel solution to prevent solar industry-related global piracy, AE Solar has also won the UN Global Compact Partnership for Sustainability Award 2021–in the Planet Category.
With over 3000 successful PV installations, AE solar is striding towards its distinctive vision of offering a superior ecofriendly, riskless clean approach and safe source of energy across the globe. Exhibiting how the company is getting onto the top of the ladder with its novel offerings is one success story. A five-star hotel in the tropics region was facing the issue of energy sources as palm trees shadowed the rooftop. The resort did not specifically look to cut them as the visitors enjoyed the palm tree setting. Given this, AE Solar’s smart hot-spot shading-resistant panel installations put the client at ease. As a result, the hotel’s energy yield process was no longer affected by the palm shadows.
AE Solar’s vision is to constantly strive to offer cutting-edge solutions to address the needs of customers. At the same time, on the utility scale, the team is working towards developing modules for moderate and extreme climate conditions, like deserts and tropics, to tackle reliability and yield issues. Soon the company will announce new companies in Central Europe and HJT manufacturing lines. “Our R&D team has projects to reduce carbon footprint in the PV life-cycle and increase the sustainability and recycling factors in product development stages,” Maier concludes.