Companies from Russia and Belarus Jointly Developed Photovoltaic Sandwich Panel for Roofing

Hevel Group  and Belarusian company ISOBUD presented a jointly designed photovoltaic sandwich panel for roofing. Roofing material is composed of heterojunction PV modules manufactured at Hevel’s 160 MW fab. ISOBUD also came up with its own innovative sandwich panel with heating element. Both products are being demonstrated at BUDMA-2018, construction industry fair opened today in Poznan (Poland).

PV module-based rooftop sandwich panel and sandwich panel with heating element are ready-made solution for power-efficient construction. Sandwich panels are widely used in construction of residential frame-panel buildings, logistics centers, sports facilities, parking areas and other infrastructure.

Integration of high-efficiency PV module in sandwich panel and use of innovative heating sandwich panel enable to decrease significantly the power consumption of a new facility.

ISOBUD intends to launch serial production of innovative sandwich panels in 2018 and Hevel Group will secure high-efficiency PV modules supplies.

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Hevel achieves heterojunction cells with 22.8% efficiency as plant ramps

Russia-based integrated PV manufacturer Hevel Group, which has switched production from amorphous silicon thin-film technology to silicon heterojunction (HJ) has said it has been successful in ramping to its 160MW nameplate capacity and achieving cell conversion efficiencies of 22.8%. Hevel Group noted that having converted to HJ technology it was able to produce more than 323,000 HJ solar modules, equivalent to around 95.25MW in the July to December, 2017 timeframe. At the end of the year the company was producing cells of 22.8% conversion efficiency, according to the company.

PV Tech previously reported in February 2017, that Hevel had claimed its first fabricated HJ solar cell had achieved a conversion efficiency of 21.75%.

Hevel also said that its current downstream PV project pipeline exceeded 400MW, including 174 MW already commissioned by the end of 2017.


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Hevel Group Ramps up 160 MW Solar Module Production

The leading Russian manufacturer and PV project developer Hevel Group has ramped up its 160 MW cell and PV module production. This happened six months after the company had commenced converting its thin-film Fab line into heterojunction technology. From July until December, 2017 Hevel Group produced more than 323.000 solar modules (95,25 MW).

Hevel’s R&D center in 2015 launched its own program aiming to improve solar cell efficiency and to reduce production cost of solar modules. By the end of the year the company achieved a 22.8% efficiency mark for solar cells and average nominal power of 60-cell PV modules increased from 280 to 310 W.
Company’s plan to extension manufacturing facility corresponds with Russian Government’s goal to commission 1.7 GW of PV by 2024.
Hevel’s current pipeline exceeds 400 MW including 174 MW already commissioned by the end of 2017.


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Hevel energizes another 10 MW solar facility in Russia


Russian solar module maker and PV project developer, Hevel Solar, has grid connected its 10 MW Volgograd Solar Power Plant, which was built near the city of Volgograd, in the southwest of Russia.

The project was selected under Russia’s first renewable energy auction, held in 2014. Hevel said routine activities for the project were completed on time and the new facility started the scheduled power deliveries to the grid.

Three more projects selected in the 2014 auction were connected to the grid in early December: the 15 MW Pugachyovsky solar plant and the 5 MW Orlov-Gai facility in the Saratov region; and the 9 MW Isyangulovo solar park in the Republic of Bashkortostan.

Including the Volgograd project, the company’s grid-connected PV capacity contributing to the Wholesale Power Market and delivering power to the grid, has reached 139 MW.

Hevel is only active in the Russian market, where its PV project pipeline totals 500 MW. The company has also recently announced it will increase production capacity at its module manufacturing facility in Novocheboksarsk, in the Chuvash Republic, from 160 MW to 250 MW by the end of 2018.


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