REC group says a US International Trade Commission ALJ finds no infringement of Hanwha Q-cells’ patent

KEY POINTS
  • The Commission has until May 27, 2020, to grant review if Hanwha petitions for review.
  • The Determination confirmed REC's N-Peak and Alpha solar cell tech does not infringe asserted claims.
  • REC started production of its 60-cell REC Alpha panel at an annual capacity of 600 MW.

California — On April 10, 2020, the US International Trade Commission (ITC) Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) issued an Initial Determination (Order No. 40) finding that REC Group’s accused solar cells do not infringe the asserted claims of Hanwha Q-Cells’ ‘215 patent.

The ALJ’s Initial Determination further confirmed that REC’s N-Peak and Alpha solar cell technologies do not infringe the asserted claims of the ‘215 patent and would not be subject to any exclusion order sought by Hanwha Q-Cells.

If Hanwha petitions for review of the ALJ’s Initial Determination, the Commission has until May 27, 2020, to determine whether it will grant review.

“REC is committed to remaining ‘Solar’s Most Trusted’. For more than 23 years, REC has been empowering homeowners, businesses, and communities around the world with clean and affordable solar energy via our inhouse invented, high-efficiency products. We will continue with that mission, even during these uncertain times surrounding COVID-19. With our broad precautionary measures, we are able to continue production ramp-up of our most recent innovation, the REC Alpha Series. Our customers and partners can rely on us to bring new and exciting pioneering technology to the market to support the global energy transitions,” CEO O’Neil said.

In October 2019, REC started production of its 60-cell REC Alpha panel at an annual capacity of 600 MW. Combining innovative heterojunction cell technology with advanced interconnection technology and patented panel design, the REC Alpha provides a significant power density of 217W/m2. In May 2020, REC is kicking off the production of the Alpha 72-cell version. 

REC’s Alpha solar panels are perfectly suited for the rooftop segment and ground mount installations with space restrictions where system costs can be greatly compressed thanks to its high-power; helping to provide greater energy autonomy and combat climate change.


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