Major PV energy provider SunPower is to ramp Cogenra Solar’s module technology to 2GW by 2020 and only a further 800MW of its ‘Maxeon’ solar cell technology at its new facility, Fab 5 that it expects to ramp in early 2019.

SunPower said that it would be offering a new ‘Performance’ (P) Series module developed by US-based Cogenra Solar, which it said it acquired earlier in 2015.

Cogenra Solar developed its Dense Cell Interconnect (DCI) technology, originally designed for low-cost CPV technology but further developed the technology for connecting conventional cell/modules, which is claimed to eliminate electrical losses from cell to cell.

SunPower makes major module technology shift on 2GW production target

The company had previously touted that the the DCI technology enabled a 60-cell N-type mono front contact module to generate 334W

Updated: The company had previously touted that the the DCI technology enabled a 60-cell n-type mono front contact module to generate 334W, while a 60-cell p-type mono module was said to generate 301W and a 60-cell p-type multicrystalline cell was said to generate 288W.

"Our new line of Performance Series products continue the SunPower tradition of higher efficiency, superior reliability and enhanced aesthetics compared with conventional panels, all in a lower priced product configuration," said Tom Werner, president and CEO of SunPower.30kw solar power system "Together with our best-in-class E-Series and X-Series back-contact panels, we are expanding our product line to offer customers a wider range of product choice and increase our reach to additional markets, further enhancing company growth."

SunPower said that it would ramp the Cogenra Solar module technol30kw solar power system ogy to 2GW by 2020, which would enable the company to purchase solar cells from the merchant market.

The company expects to only have first silicon out of Fab 5, already earmarked for its IBC cell technology under the ‘Maxeon’ brand, in 2019, with a nameplate capacity of o30kw solar power system nly 800MW, exactly the same capacity as previously planned.

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