Ontario — Canadian Solar announced that its majority-owned subsidiary CSI Solar Co., Ltd. will start mass production of high-efficiency N-type TOPCon (Tunnel Oxide Passivated Contact) solar modules in the first quarter of 2023.
Canadian Solar says it’s TOPCon modules are best in class and have a power output of up to 690W and a cell conversion efficiency of around 25.0%, which is 1.5% higher than the average cell efficiency of the mainstream products in the market.
That the modules increase the energy yield of PV systems and deliver one of the most competitive BOS (balance of system) cost savings and LCOEs (Levelized cost of electricity) for solar power plants, compared to PERC modules.
The company added that it’d provide a diversified portfolio of TOPCon products to meet the needs for utility-scale, commercial and residential markets.
The TOPCon portfolio includes the 182mm cell-based bifacial TOPBiHiKu6 (555W-570W) and monofacial TOPHiKu6 (420W-575W) modules, and the 210mm cell-based bifacial TOPBiHiKu7 (615W-690W) modules.
Canadian Solar will deliver the 182mm cell-based TOPCon modules in the first quarter of 2023 and will start mass production of the 210mm cell-based TOPCon modules in the second quarter of 2023. TOPCon module shipments are expected to account for around 30% of the Company’s 2023 total module shipments.
“We are pleased to start delivering our cutting-edge N-type TOPCon modules early next year,” said Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman and CEO of Canadian Solar. “The TOPCon modules will become one of our featured products with higher energy yield, lower LCOE and longer performance warranty, compared to the mainstream products in the market.”