Solar-Fabrik AG: Fraunhofer study provides new evidence of PV installations’ leading yields

Solar power installations equipped with Solar Fabrik AG modules generate outstanding annual energy yields. The recent study entitled “Power Check 2011” carried out by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) in Freiburg has once again confirmed this. Several analyses performed since 2003 have repeatedly shown that these installations generate
exceptionally good energy yields. This most recent report provides new evidence of the continued improvements in yield over past years.

Within this study, Fraunhofer ISE examined the data of 220 solar power plants across Germany equipped with Solar-Fabrik AG modules, evaluated them by location and analyzed their performance. The feed-in units billed to each energy supply company between 2005 and 2010 were taken as the basis for evaluation.

According to the study, the energy yields of installations featuring Solar-Fabrik modules were very high. The photovoltaic installations examined delivered an average yield of around 1000 kWh per kWp, while the best installations produced over 1050 kWh/kWp annually in all six years of the study period. “The very high yield values are thanks both to the excellent insolation conditions in recent years and to significant improvements in plant efficiency,” write the experts of the Fraunhofer Institute.

“The results confirm yet again that the high quality standards we set ourselves truly pay-off for our customers,” stresses Karl-Heinz Dernbecher, Vice President Sales at Solar-Fabrik AG. ”Our quality management and the constant further development of production technology provide a reliable safety net for their investments. But the results are also a sign of recognition for our partner companies, who set themselves apart with an outstanding quality of plant design and construction.”

Moreover, the study confirms the very high level of plant efficiency, also known as the “Performance Ratio”: “The best installations achieve values of over 85% and thus equal the efficiency of professional, large-scale solar power plants.”

Fraunhofer ISE concludes in its report: “Power Check 2011 has demonstrated, yet again, that installations equipped with Solar-Fabrik components […] deliver excellent overall results. Such results can only be achieved with the use of high-quality modules and inverters, good plant design, professional installation and virtually error-free operation.”

Short Profile Fraunhofer ISE

With a staff of above 1000, Fraunhofer ISE is the largest solar energy research institute in Europe. The work at the Institute ranges from the investigation of scientific and technological fundamentals for solar energy applications, through the development of production technology and prototypes, to the construction of demonstration systems.

The Institute plans, advises and provides know-how and technical facilities and services. Fraunhofer ISE has been certified under DIN EN ISO 9001:2000 since March 2001.

Short Profile Solar-Fabrik AG

Solar-Fabrik AG, founded in 1996 and headquartered in Freiburg in Breisgau, ranks among Europe’s leaders in solar technology. The company produces high quality solar modules for roof-integrated and roof-mounted installation and sells complete photovoltaic solutions. Solar-Fabrik’s state-of-the-art production plant in Freiburg has a capacity of 210 megawatts (MW) and is DIN ISO 9001 and 14001 certified. Approximately 360 employees work at the company’s headquarters in Freiburg. Solar-Fabrik’s network of experienced installation partners from across Europe provides the company’s customers with expert consultation and professional plant construction and installation services.

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