First Solar's next-generation module

First Solar has launched a next-generation module that promises to outclass conventional crystalline-silicon black-tops of the same rating by up to 8%.

The US thin-film outfit's Series 4 PV module, a cadmium-telluride technologyfeaturing a new production-enhancing anti-reflective coated glass, is compatible with newer 1500V system architectures.

First Solar is also about to unveil its AC Power Block, a configurable, pre-engineered system available in modular units ranging from 800kW to 3.8MW.

"What matters most to our customers is reliable energy output achieved through proven technology," says First Solar senior vice-president of product management Thomas Kuster.

"The Series 4 module and AC Power Block are designed to deliver on those expectations. As solar energy secures its place in the global energy mix, these offerings demonstrate First Solar's ability to deliver solutions that address our customers' specific needs."