LG Solar is one of the largest producers of solar pv modules in the world with distribution to 32 countries. Their modules have been awarded the “Top Brand PV” recognition by a leading research agency based on installer recommendations in quite a few countries.
Many of us are familiar with LG as being a major producer of all kinds of electronic products. The company has roots that go all the way back to 1947 when the LG Corporation was founded as Lak-Hi (pronounced “lucky”) Chemical Industrial Corp in Seoul, South Korea. In 1958, the company established GoldStar to develop electronics. The companies eventually merged to form Lucky Goldstar. Their name was shortened to LG in Western markets in 1997 for easier brand recognition.
LG’s research into solar pv technology goes back to 1985. Over the next 20 years the company continued to improve their solar technology while rolling out small scale applications. In 2007 they unveiled a 14 Megawatt solar farm. 2010 saw the beginnings of the company’s mass manufacturing of solar modules.
Solar Panel Overview For LG Solar
1. Panel Types: Monocrystalline
2. Efficiency: LG Solar modules offer a respectable 18.3 percent efficiency in their Monocrystalline cells.
3. Power Output: With as much as 305 watts per module, LG competes well with other power output leaders.
4. Performance Warranty: Like the other major solar companies, LG Solar also offers a 25 year power production warranty guaranteeing at least 80 percent by the end of the period.
LG Solar’s Lab Tests
LG Solar takes pride in its solar cell quality test program. Here’s what it entails –
- EL test – X-ray screening technology is used to catch any defects too small for the eye to detect.
- Module Breakage Test – 99 pound impacts on the panels test durability and resilience of the modules.
- Standard Environmental Test – modules are tested for performance in all weather conditions.
- Static and Dynamic Mechanical Load Test – to test for heavy snow falls and high velocity winds.
- Water Spray Test – to test panels under heavy rain and mist exposure.
- Hail Impacts – modules are tested for heavy hail impacts.
- UV Test – High levels of direct sunlight tests the panels ability to avoid deterioration due to Ultra Violet light.
- Thermal Cycling – test the panels performance through considerable temperature fluctuations.
- Humidity Freeze Test – tests the effects of frozen condensed dew on the modules.
The Bottom Line
LG has emerged as a leader in solar pv manufacturing and technology. The company constantly strives for further improvements in solar cell efficiency and overall solar panel quality. The company’s strong and very large presence will ensure that it will not only be around to honor its long term warranties, but also continue to create value in the solar industry.