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09.03.2016  
WINAICO’s module passes non-uniform snow load test conducted by TÜV Rheinland

WINAICO, Taiwan’s largest PV module brand, has worked with TÜV Rheinland to become the first company in the world to pass the 6000 Pa inhomogeneous mechanical load (IML) installed in landscape. The IML test is proven to be much tougher than the IEC 61215 mechanical load (ML) test commonly executed by most solar modules on the market, due to the complex forces pushing against the frame in a horizontal direction. While the ML test evaluates module reliability against forces perpendicular to the solar module, it does not simulate the horizontal pressure exerted by snow pushing against the bottom frame on a pitched roof. In major solar markets in the world, such as Europe, US and Japan, which experience heavy snowfalls during winters, frame breakages due to snow on pitched roofs have been quite common, despite the popularity of ML tests. Therefore, WINAICO has taken on the challenge of IML to make sure our customers are confident of WINAICO modules’ reliability in long winters.

The IML test setup by TÜV Rheinland begins with 240 hours of humidity freeze (HF 10) on the module to simulate the freezing conditions, before installing it at a 37° angle, with weights spread across the lower 2/3 of the module area, to simulate the build-up of snow over time. The 6000 Pa IML force is the vector sum of 4792 Pa perpendicular force (FP) and 3611 Pa horizontal force (FH), where the additional horizontal force FH directly pushes against the weakest points of the frame, making IML a tougher test than ML. By adding a 1.5 safety factor, WINAICO is certified to withstand 4000 Pa of non-uniform snow load, a pressure that simulates around 50 cm of settled snow on a pitched roof.

“WINAICO is working with the best reliability labs in the world such as TÜV Rheinland to create the most reliable solar modules on the market”, said Davis Chen, Chairman and CEO of WINAICO. “After passing the latest non-uniform snow load tests, our partners can confidently install WINAICO modules in areas prone to heavy snow.”

WINAICO – Manufacturer and system supplier

As a global PV brand based in Taiwan, WINAICO manufactures and distributes crystalline high performance modules worldwide. Furthermore, as a systems house for photovoltaic, WINAICO delivers complete PV system packages.

Target customers include solar specialists, solar technologists, installation specialists and project developers. Installation specialists profit here from the superior product quality of products manufactured in Taiwan in accordance with the highest quality standards, as well as from the comprehensive consultation, planning and maintenance services from WINAICO. Generous stock levels ensure the rapid availability of WINAICO products.

Press contact:
Win Win Precision Technology Co., Ltd.

Tony Chang
Tel: +886 3 568 8699-16203
Fax: +886 3 571 8000
press@winaico.com
www.winaico.com

02.03.2016  
WINAICO launches typhoon-resistant solar modules and achieves 315 W in 60 cell PERC modules at PV EXPO

WINAICO, Taiwan’s largest PV module brand, combines two technologies uniquely available to WINAICO: the micro-crack preventing HeatCap, and structurally reinforced WSP frame, to create a line of typhoon-resistant solar modules specifically for typhoon-prone markets such as Taiwan and Japan. WINAICO also builds on top of their 3 years of PERC expertise to launch a 315 W, 60-cell, monocrystalline PERC module, which reaches a world-leading 18.9% in module efficiency, rivaling the module efficiencies traditionally only achievable by Hetero-Junction (HIT) and other advanced solar cell technologies. WINAICO’s PERC family of modules is complete with an additional polycrystalline PERC module that reaches 280 W, the most efficient polycrystalline module on the market.

Located at the western edge of the Pacific Ocean, Japan is one of the most typhoon-prone countries in the world, affected by more than 30% of the world’s tropical typhoons each year. More than one Category 4 typhoon reaches Japan every year, resulting in severe damages to countless solar installations.

When solar installations are affected by strong winds, the modules are characterised by constant vibrations with sudden impulses of forces acting from both front and rear sides, in alternating fashion. WINAICO has worked with Taiwan’s leading research institute, ITRI, to perform Dynamic Mechanical Load (DML) tests to simulate the effects of strong wind on WINAICO’s HeatCap modules. HeatCap modules have been tested to endure 1000 cycles of 4000 Pa DML tests with no more than 0.18% of power degradation, while the comparison case without HeatCap degraded by 2.32%. The DML criteria of 4000 Pa is comparable to 202 km/h, level 17 intensity wind on the Beaufort scale, similar to a Category 4 typhoon.

WINAICO’s own WSP frame is designed with strength and reliability in mind, and utilises an external L-key construction. Unlike the inner L-key design common in competitors, the WSP frame has no single point of weakness, and has been tested to withstand more than 7200 Pa of static Mechanical Load (ML), far exceeding the 5400 Pa requirement described in IEC 61215.

“Typhoon is a major cause of micro-cracks and field defects in Taiwan installations,” said Dr Jay Lin, Chief Consultant of PV Guider. “WINAICO has combined two micro-crack mitigating technologies to bring a solution that can protect investors’ solar investments against typhoons in Japan.”

“WINAICO combines our patented HeatCap technology with our unique WSP frames to launch a typhoon-resistant product that can protect the solar installations in typhoon-prone markets like Japan. The extreme DML tests we performed with ITRI shows HeatCap can protect our modules in a Category 4 typhoon”, said Soichiro Yonetsu, Managing Director of WINAICO Japan KK. “We are also proud to announce the launch of our world-leading PERC family of modules, with a 315 W monocrystalline PERC module at 18.9% efficiency, and a 280 W polycrystalline PERC module.”

WINAICO – Manufacturer and system supplier

As a global PV brand based in Taiwan, WINAICO manufactures and distributes crystalline high performance modules worldwide. Furthermore, as a systems house for photovoltaic, WINAICO delivers complete PV system packages.

Target customers include solar specialists, solar technologists, installation specialists and project developers. Installation specialists profit here from the superior product quality of products manufactured in Taiwan in accordance with the highest quality standards, as well as from the comprehensive consultation, planning and maintenance services from WINAICO. Generous stock levels ensure the rapid availability of WINAICO products.

Press contact:
Win Win Precision Technology Co., Ltd.

Tony Chang
Tel: +886 3 568 8699-16203
Fax: +886 3 571 8000
press@winaico.com
www.winaico.com

23.02.2016  
WINAICO recognised as a genuine solar producer by the European Commission

WINAICO, Taiwan’s largest PV module brand, has cooperated fully with the European Commission in the investigation of possible circumvention of anti-dumping duties on imports of solar products originated from China. As a result, WINAICO has been recognised as a genuine solar module producer and will be exempt from European Commission’s punitive measures of anti-dumping duty and countervailing duty of 53.4% and 11.5%, respectively, against circumventing companies.

European Commission has found strong evidence, by way of significant changes in the pattern of trade involving exports from China, Malaysia and Taiwan to Europe since 2013, to suspect possible circumvention activities of solar products originating from China. After thorough investigation, the modules imported into Europe from non-cooperating companies and circumventing companies in Taiwan account for 7% of European solar module consumption.

“WINAICO began selling high quality solar modules into Europe since 2008, and continues to differentiate itself with integrity and ethical business strategies”, said Sascha Rossmann, Vice President of Global Sales for WINAICO. “We cooperated fully with the European Commission’s investigation and have proven our innocence in the ongoing dispute on solar module imports to the European markets.”

WINAICO – Manufacturer and system supplier

As a global PV brand based in Taiwan, WINAICO manufactures and distributes crystalline high performance modules worldwide. Furthermore, as a systems house for photovoltaic, WINAICO delivers complete PV system packages.

Target customers include solar specialists, solar technologists, installation specialists and project developers. Installation specialists profit here from the superior product quality of products manufactured in Taiwan in accordance with the highest quality standards, as well as from the comprehensive consultation, planning and maintenance services from WINAICO. Generous stock levels ensure the rapid availability of WINAICO products.

Press contact:
Win Win Precision Technology Co., Ltd.

Tony Chang
Tel: +886 3 568 8699-16203
Fax: +886 3 571 8000
press@winaico.com
www.winaico.com

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