Europe’s leading solar panels supplier Renewable Energy Corporation (REC) has introduced a new solar panel concept for desert regions, claiming the product performs better than those of its competitors.
The bi-facial REC Peak Energy solar panel proved able to withstand harsh desert conditions without losing performance or durability, after enduring the ‘blowing sand test’ at the facilities of the testing and verification company SGS.
In the desert environment, solar panels have to put up not only with permanent bombardment by tiny sand particles, but they also have to face extreme temperatures and temperature fluctuations.
REC’s panels have also been validated by the Desert Knowledge Australia Solar Centre (DKASC), which operates in the Central Australian desert. The REC spokesperson said that the new panels performed better in the DKASC’s testing than most of the monocrystalline competitors, and achieved higher yields than panels produced by REC’s industry peers.
“We are delighted that our REC Peak Energy Series solar panels perform consistently and optimally in all conditions and environments around the world,” said Luc Graré, REC’s Senior vice president for solar sales and marketing.
At the Intersolar Europe conference in Munich, the company has also announced its plans to foster activities in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, starting with opening a new office in Dubai.
“We expect that the MENA region will be a key market from 2015, driven by rapidly increasing energy usage and high irradiation levels,” Graré said. “The new office in Dubai will be the hub for all activities in the MENA region where we have already started to establish a new organisation and partnerships to enter this promising market,” he concluded.