27 April 2021 REC Group, an international pioneering solar energy company headquartered in Norway, announces the new REC Alpha Pure Black solar panel. With lead-free production and a substantial gain in power output.
The new panel marks a major advancement of the multiple award-winning REC Alpha launched in 2019. The REC Alpha Pure Black will start production in June 2021 at REC’s fully automated manufacturing facility in Singapore, with first deliveries expected in July.
With one of the world’s most advanced cell technologies, half-cut heterojunction cells in a gapless layout, the REC Alpha Pure Black delivers up to 405 Wp. At 219 watts per square meter, the panel offers one of the highest power densities on the market, helping homeowners and businesses benefit from optimum use of space and even higher savings on energy bills. The REC Alpha Pure Black is based on REC’s Twin Design and the patented split cell and junction box technology that has already proven so popular in REC solar panels, including the original Alpha Series. The new REC Alpha Pure Black Series is eligible for the premium REC ProTrust warranty package, which offers up to 25 years coverage on product, performance and labor, with guaranteed power of at least 92% in year 25 of operation.
The REC Alpha Pure Black Series marks an important advancement on sustainability. REC has eliminated lead from all panel components. This means the panel meets the European RoHS regulation, which is mandatory for all kinds of electrical products, but not for photovoltaic panels. This innovation is a testament to REC’s continued commitment to clean solar energy while saving on natural resources, reducing waste and eliminating hazardous components.A solar panel typically contains a small amount of lead in relation to its total weight. On a large scale, the impact is significant, particularly when solar panels are recycled at the end of their service life. Last year alone, around 400 million solar panels were produced worldwide, adding around 10,000 tons of lead to the ecosystem.
The gapless layout efficiently uses every millimeter of the panel surface by avoiding typical gaps between cells. Because aesthetics play a role in rooftop solar applications, this gapless layout combined with a black backsheet gives the REC Alpha Pure Black Series a seamless appearance, which alongside its lead-free construction and high power, makes it a compelling solar panel choice for both residential and commercial rooftops, reported by Solarquater.com.
Earlier on 7 April 2021 the new CEO, Jan Bicker, was asked in an interview how REC is contributing to other UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Mr Bicker said “WorldHealthDay is reminding us that access to clean energy is actually a driver for ALL other Sustainable Development Goals. It is facilitating better education, higher crop yields, access to clean water and this way strengthening health and reducing poverty. We are proud that since 25 years now we are empowering people with clean affordable Solar Energy through innovative technology and thankful for all the customers, partners and employees joining us on this mission”