JERUSALEM, Israel & HEILBRONN, Germany--(BUSINESS WIRE)--bSolar (http://www.b-solar.com/) announces today the winning of a 730 kWp ground mounted project in Nasukarasuyama city, Tochigi, Japan by TSBM (www.tsbm.co.jp), bSolar’s strategic partner and Japan distributor, scheduled to go online in December 2012. The project will be based on bSolar's disruptive bifacial PV cells and represents a first step in the company's plan to enter the Japanese solar market.
The company further announces that its bifacial cells, launched in April, will be incorporated in several new solar modules by leading manufacturers, including aleo solar AG, asola Solarpower GmbH, Solar-Fabrik AG, SI-Modules GmbH and Solarnova Produktions-und Vertriebs GmbH, who will showcase the new modules at Intersolar Europe in Munich from June 13th – 15th.
Bifacial cells collect sunlight by both front and rear surfaces, generating additional electricity from direct sun light entering the module’s rear-side as well as from direct and diffuse light reflected from the ground. By utilizing both sides of the module, bSolar’s cells and modules generate significantly more power per installed area, compared to monofacial standard modules, resulting in a 10% to 30% higher energy yield (kWh) in standard applications, up to 50% higher energy yield (kWh) in vertical installations and a total module power of 265-320 Wp equivalent (for 60 cell module).
"I am pleased at the remarkably fast adoption of our bifacial solar cells in the market. This first project in Japan and the new modules by industry leaders represent a major vote of confidence in bSolar's products and capabilities," commented Yossi Kofman, bSolar’s CEO. "We are looking forward to winning further projects with TSBM in Japan and to expanding our activities in other markets."
bSolar was founded in 2007 by industry veterans with extensive experience in the high-tech and the solar industry, including in developing and producing high efficiency bifacial cells. The company produces bifacial photovoltaic (PV) crystalline silicon solar cells and modules that significantly increase electricity production. bSolar is headed by an execution-oriented management team with a proven track record in the electronics industry and employs around 50 people in its headquarters in Israel and in its production plant in Heilbronn, Germany.