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Half-cut cell technology is to cut the cell into two seperate parts by mature infrared laser, hence halve the working current. The thermal loss on the ribbon will be remarkably reduced and the module’s power increases by 2%. The reliability of module is also enhanced.
The combination of half-cut cell technology and bifacial module can amplify the gain over the effect of current-reduction.
Lower Hot Spot Temperature
In field applications, small area shadings can cause the temperature of those parts extremely high. This phenomena is called hot spot. The long duration of hot spot could bring irreversible degradation of modules.
Because the string current of half-cell modules is half of full-cell modules, the hot spot temperature can be obviously reduced. Longie’s experiments show that this reduction could be 10-20℃, which increases the module reliability.
Lower Operating Temperature
Half-cut cells have half of the working current, thereby the thermal loss is remarkably reduced. Operating temperature correspondingly decreases, and the reliability of module is improved as well as power gain.
Lower Shading Loss
Because of the unique parallel connection design, half-cell modules still have 50% power output under the circumstance of array shading in sunrise or sunset when portrait installation.
In addition, half-cut technology can improve the output of bifacial module under non-uniform incident illumination on the backside.
Higher Energy Yield Under High Irradiation Condition
Under high irradiation conditions, half-cell module, especially bifacial half-cell module, will have a higher energy yield compared with conventional module. Bifacial half-cell module will help to achieve the lowest LCOE in regions which is rich in sun radiation resources.