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Thread: Thin Film Solar Panel Manufacturer Listing

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    Senior Member jelloir's Avatar
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    Hi Aaron, didn't know that, that's a extra point for this manufacturer! Yes it's the same manufacturer, there site just lists a standard panel I suppose. When online chatting to an Alibaba rep about the 19V panel she advised they can customize without extra cost and confirmed the TST5 based specs with an engineer whilst chatting. I asked her to quote the forwarding cost. I lost the chat history but basically it was crazy at almost $500AU for 1 sample panel. To be fair she made it clear that freight forwarding was expensive and I should look at arranging it myself.

    The weight is 50KG total (30KG panel, 20KG wooden box), dimensions from memory were 1420cm, 1260cm, 6cm. I tried using DHL's website for an airfreight cost but it exceeds the max dimensions. Haven't looked much more, was planning on doing it next week.

    I was looking at their site and googling and found a company that installed a 20kW AmpleSun ASF based system at a training college over the bay from me. I am tempted to pay them a visit to look at it and see how it's going a few years on. I'll be sure to post back if I do.

    Last edited by jelloir; 10-26-2014 at 06:27 AM. Reason: Added info about confirming tst5 based specs

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    I called a guy Bevan who installed this system from http://choosesolar.com.au. He had done a few other installs of these panels, he stated "they are a phenomenal bit a gear" and stated the build quality is excellent. He mentioned a 15Kw system and stated when you compare the numbers accounting for shade/cloud etc it behaves like a 30Kw Poly system.

    The only reason they don't do many installs anymore is due to Poly/Mono cost changes over the last few years and said it was a shame. He even TXT'd me some pics so I have posted them here with his comments.

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    "Very Strong Frame"
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    "High Quality Finish"

    He only has stock of the default 77Vmp version...
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    An update on the weight and dimensions. This is and email received from them:

    "The size of the solar panel with an aluminum frame is 1106*1406*35mm, and the size of the solar panel with package is about 1420*1120*45mm.
    The panel weight is 20.3kg, and the wooden box is about 35kg, so the total weight is about 55kg.
    I have put pictures about package for one piece frame-less double glass solar panel before, please check."

    I stated CM before which is incorrect. It's 142 x 112 x 4.5cm.

    Pics provided by AmpleSolar about packaging.

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    Thanks

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    Another panel for research that will custom make modules spec'd to the TST5 12 and 24V. This one is a CIGS flexible panel. Currently investigating a link between Global Solar PowerFLEX and Sun Harmonics. The 200W and 100W panels are pretty close to TST5 already if you look at the Global Solar PDF.

    Sun Harmonics quoted $3/watt which is more expensive however they are flexible meaning lower install costs with better efficiency

    Global Solar are US based which could be beneficial to some of you.

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    Edit:

    Response from Sun Harmonics. If anyone knows how much they are in the US from Global Solar please post back.

    Our spot goods are Global solar's products. At present our spot goods are 90W/250W/275W in warehouse. Your prefer 100w and 200w, we can supply also. But we need some days to process. Please tell me your quantities about 100w and 200w, then we can give the quotation. Waiting for your reply.


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    Received some pics from Sun Harmonics. Certainly look like the Global Solar Powerflex panels

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    Another manufacturer MiaSolé for the list:

    I was looking at Hanergy and their recent acquisitions of CIGS manufacturers MiaSolé, Q-cells, AltaDevices and Global Solar. So at least these companies stand a chance of being around long term to support their warranties.

    Anyway one of the panels MS150GG-04 is close to the specs for the TST5. Have added to the list.

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    Low Light Performance

    I have been liaising with Sun Harmonics to organise some samples of the 100W panels. Could someone with more knowledge explain in real world terms the Low Light Performance of these panels. From what I can understand a Poly/Mono crystalline panel's power drops right off at about 800W/m2, whereas these panels are still 91 percent efficient at as low as 200W/m2 which seems pretty awesome (see image below).

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    The Miasole products also look really good, but I'm having difficulties getting information from these guys which has left me a little flat about dealing with them. Apparently the Tesla Motor company is/will be using Miasole products for their charge stations.

    James
    Last edited by jelloir; 01-26-2015 at 11:47 PM. Reason: Info about Tesla Motor and Miasole

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    Hi Everyone, Just found that Hanergy is now on Alibaba and selling the Global Solar and Miasole ranges which is good! They have all their other "thin film" aquired companies on there as well.

    So this looks very promising as a reliable supplier of Thin Film panels!

    http://hanergy.en.alibaba.com

    I am doing my own research into pricing etc but if anyone gets panels for a TST5 please be sure to post a review on the forum. I'm looking at the 100W Global Solar CIGS.

    James

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    God Dammit!

    http://www.afr.com/markets/cult-blog...0150525-gh8r1j

    So Hanergy buys up most of the thin film market and now they are taking a dive. This stinks of suppression.

    With the impending crash in China (and the US) this does not bode well. I'm totally sick of this greed and insanity with money. The world could vastly different if not for the greedy *******s that feel they need to subjugate and suppress us. Sorry but it bothers me a lot.

    Anyway, if people do decide to purchase from Hanergy, tread carefully.

    James

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    wow! I had been trying to get a hold of a sales rep directly, it was impossible. they would not answer a phone call from us, or emails, and logging in with Alibaba account to speak with them had the same results, they saw where I was from and said adios. I think they knew something was up, and did not want to hang another vendor out to dry. my impression is that there is a shakedown happening in the solar markets right now, firms are consolidating their grip and dishonest people are taking the money and running. this is the third thin film amorphous solar company to go belly up in the last 2 years.

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