Our solar systems

Suncell develops and markets innovative systems specially designed for monofacial and bifacial frameless glass-glass photovoltaic panels.

For several years now, PV modules with a glass-glass structure have been taking an increasing market share. In comparison with the usual glass-backsheet structure of the panels, they indeed offer significant advantages. They also allow, thanks to the use of bifacial solar cells, to manufacture panels that are active on their 2 faces. Our solar systems allow you to take full advantage of their advantages.

Benefits of glass-glass modules

The usual structure of PV modules is a laminate consisting of a sheet of toughened glass 3 to 4 mm thick on the front side, and a flexible polymer sheet on the back side. To ensure sufficient rigidity an aluminum frame must be added. Industrial techniques today make it possible to temper thinner glass, which makes it possible to produce panels composed of a double layer of glass without being too heavy, and rigid and solid enough not to need an aluminum frame.

1. tempered front glass, 2 & 4: POE encapsulant, 3. cells, 5. tempered or hardened rear glass

Benefits of frameless panels

Installers have preferred framed panels to this day, because with the mounting systems available on the market, installation is simpler and faster than for frameless panels. In addition, with the photovoltaic industry heavily focused on standardization and mass production, framed panels have established themselves as the market standard. This is obviously a shame for investors and operators of solar power plants, who cannot benefit from the objective advantages of frameless panels.

Based on this observation, Suncell has developed different mounting systems suitable for frameless panels, which allow rapid, safe and economical mounting of this type of panel.

Bifacial modules

Over the past 12 years the photovoltaic industry has been able to improve the efficiency of photovoltaic modules thanks to technological advances with an average increase of 1.5% per year. In this perspective the appearance of bifacial panels represents a real disruption. By using the same stable crystaline cell technology, and simply making the 2 sides photosensitive, you can get up to 35% more electricity with what is known as Bifacial Boost. However, the module must be mounted in a specific way in order to take full advantage of the bifacial boost.

1. direct irradiation; 2. diffuse irradiation; 3. indirect irradiation reflected by the ground/roof albedo

Our online tool

We have created an online tool integrating the modeling of a bifacial photovoltaic system, allowing to easily estimate the bifacial Boost according to the system's parameters:
Bifacial Boost calculation

Suncell® solar systems

Suncell® has developed a range of mounting systems specially designed for frameless panels, which will be marketed in summer 2020. For each installation the complete system, including the panels and the mounting system, is sold with a comprehensive guarantee.

  • Bifacial system for flat roofs, guaranteeing a bifacial boost > 20%, patent pending

  • BIPV system, roof integrated – replacing tiles, Terra-cotta or anthracite colored modules

  • BAPV system for residential roofs, black visual appearance

  • BAPV system for industrial corrugated sheet roofs, black visual appearance

  • Made in Europe

  • Simple and fast planning with PV Designer 3D, with export of drawings in 2D and 3D vector format

Colored solar panels

Suncell develops and markets colored photovoltaic panels enabling harmonious integration into buildings and offering an optimal compromise in terms of cost per kWp.

Glass printing techniques with ceramic inks today make it possible to produce photovoltaic panels of all colors, but lead to still too high performance losses, often of more than 25%, which is technically and economically unsatisfactory.

Suncell has developed optimized industrial glass preparation processes, focusing on the few most common colors in the built environment (terra-cotta, brown, anthracite, gray), in order to be able to produce colored photovoltaic panels at a cost close to normal premium panels, and with the objective of a performance loss limited to 10%.

Solar glass production

  • It has to be ultra-clear glass, i.e. with a very low content of iron oxides which reflect solar irradiation

  • An anti-reflective coating must be applied, on one hand to allow a harmonious integration into the envelope of the buildings, on the other hand so that a maximum of solar irradiation crosses the glass instead of being reflected

  • Is must be tempered in order to withstand mecanical/physical contraints

The complexity of the manufacturing process for colored solar glass is that printing with special semi-transparent inks must be done before tempering the glass. The integration of these operations into the production flow of our industrial partners allows us to be independent of conventional solar glass suppliers. We therefore have total flexibility in terms of formats, both in terms of tempering and lamination, so that we can, for example also produce very large panels for facades.