Panasonic’s Aesthetical All-Black Solar Panel, KURO, for Europe

Solar Panels

Panasonic Eco Solutions, a worldwide leader in developing diverse electronics technologies and solutions, introduced their newest product innovation HIT KURO (Kuro: Japanese for ‘Black’) solar panel.

The all-back stylish design featured with a black back sheet and a black frame boasts a 19.4% efficiency (for the 325 Wp version). It is an ideal fit, blended seamlessly on most residential rooftops, cutting electricity bills for customers. Panasonic boasts of 4 million solar panels that have been sold in Europe; only 148 has been returned out of a whopping 4,000,000 for warranty issues. It has also reported that the panel is quite similar to what was announced by Tesla and Panasonic in April 2017 for the US market.

The product comes with a 0.0037% failure rate; one of the industry’s best warranties is 25-year protection against both hardware and power production. The Six Sigma organization follows the Six Sigma processes, which assures having features like an amazing ‘Temperature Coefficient’ of -0.258%/°C, and the Heterojunction with an Intrinsic Thin layer, a thin monocrystalline silicon wafer is surrounded by ultra-thin amorphous silicon layers. The temperature coefficient implies that for every degree in ambient temperature increase over 25°C (77°F), the panel’s overall efficiency would fall by 0.258%. The HIT solar module frame has a 40 millimetre of thickness. It can withstand wind and snow loads of 5,400 pascals and maintain higher efficiency at high temperatures, delivering best-in-class performance when electricity is generated in summer.

The solar modules boast of long-term quality in the hardware context by listing some installations, showing their production, and their year of installation. Apart from this, the power production warranty is reportedly good. And, Panasonic supports 90%+ after 25 years. It is also reported that the new panel would come in two versions, 320W and 325W, which means 5W would get added to a standard-sized residential solar panel, thus adding 0.3% inefficiency.

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