Stion’s “Simply Better” Solar modules outperform C-Si modules in both hot and cold climates. In winter environments, Stion modules outperform C-Si due to:
- Increased production in diffuse and low light environments
- Minimal production loss in shaded situations
- No potential induced degradation (PID) or light induced degradation (LID)
Stion modules were put to the test in six different remote communication sites on mountaintops in Alaska. The stations provide radio services to aid in civilian and commercial aircraft navigation. The sites are only accessible via helicopter and rely on power stored in battery banks charged by the solar modules. Over the past 5 years Stion modules operated without issue despite regularly facing extreme temperatures in excess of -40oF (-40oC), wind over 100 mph (161 kmph), and ice buildup 5 ft (1.5m) thick.
With only 1-2 hours of sunlight during the winter in Alaska, the arrays are configured for optimal winter production by tilting them to almost vertical to maximize direct sun input, which also minimizes snow accumulation. In both low light and in shaded situations Stion modules outperform C-Si.
Engineers that design and install the remote stations state that, “Stion modules perform very well in low light, shed snow very well even in cold temperatures, and can withstand large wind loads. Several of the sites, see 100MPH+ wind storms every year and Stion modules survive without issue.”
Advanced engineering, quality control, and MADE IN USA automated manufacturing helps Stion modules exceed expectations in conditions where other panels fail. Stion modules are “Simply Better” than the competition in brutal climates, offering increased durability, and zero maintenance while maximizing energy production.