Sleek and Q.Smart

on June 30, 2011 at 11:30 AM

These super high-efficiency thin film photovoltaic panels were just released into the American market on Wednesday.

Designed by global solar PV firm Q-Cells, the panels come with a Power Appreciation Warranty of 25 years, with the panels guaranteed to operate at 100% performance for the first three years and at a loss of no more than .7% efficiency per year for every following year.

The panels are named Q.Smart for their ability to produce approximately 2.5% more power than average solar PV panels, and have already been deployed in Europe.

Q.Smart’s appearance in the American marketplace comes at a time when implementation of solar generation in the United States is soaring. And competition to produce the coolest, sleekest, more efficient solar panel is fierce.

With investments from companies like Google, in rooftop solar technology, PV panels may soon become a trendy homeowner’s accessory.

Photo: Q.Smart Solibro reference project, Westerwald, Nordrhein-Westfalen/Germany, SL1 (Q.Smart) module, 40 kWp, Partner: GeckoGroup AG, CIGS