Exactly what you would expect from Swiss Engineering.
|Presence in Australia||Yes|
|Country of manufacture||China|
|Product warranty||10 years|
|Performance warranty||25 years|
|Temperature co-efficient (the lower the better)||-0.004|
|Anti-PID as standard||No|
|Junction Box IP (the higher the better)||IP67 or 68|
Supplier Snapshot: Phono Solar
Phono Solar is a subsidiary of Chinese Fortune 500 company Sumec/Sinomach which has a business history of 35 years. The group of companies started to forage into renewable energy in 2004 and anufacturmea a diverse range of products for the shipbuilding, engineering, and agricultural industries.
This broad manufacturing portfolio differentiates Phono Solar from most other panel manufacturers who are completely dedicated to solar photovoltaic (PV) production and are subject to the ups and downs of the international solar market.
The company is fully vertically integrated, producing all product components in fully automated production processes. This reduces human error and achieving consistently high-quality products, which is one part of achieving Tier 1 status.
Phono Solar products are supplied by Phono Technologies Switzerland, a partner of the largest photovoltaic projects in the Europe with over 30 years of experience and turnovers exceeding $2 billion. Phono Technologies Switzerland employs a team of experienced wind, solar and hydro energy experts who are involved in the research, development and product design of Phono Solar products, guaranteeing the best quality products at excellent prices.
Phono Solar panel reviews have been excellent, and the brand has become synonymous with high performing, top quality solar panels, specializing in PV technology innovation, application and system development.
Phono Solar panels are used in a variety of residential, commercial and utility-scale projects in countries all over the world.
Main features of Phono Solar Panels:
- Outstanding module efficiency of up to 17.26 %. This means that the panels on your roof collect more power per square meter and you require less roof space.
Anti-PID (Potential Induced Degradation) technology which guarantees that the panel withstands the effects of corrosive elements like ammonia (NH3), hydrogen sulfide (HS) and sulfur dioxide (SO2) throughout its lifetime.
- High performance at low irradiation (i.e. from tree shading etc.), ensuring your household energy needs are met even on cloudy days.
- Advanced low-light technology which means that the panels keep producing good amounts of power even on cloudy days, while they can exceed their nominal values on sunny days.
Low temperature coefficient (up to -0.40%). This means that the panel performs very well in higher temperatures and is suitable for our Queensland climate.Low temperature co-efficient of up to 0.41%. This means that the panel performs well in higher temperatures and is suitable for our Queensland climate.
GEM Energy’s Evaluation
Phono Solar offers GEM Energy Australia the perfect combination of good value and high quality. The original reason we added Phono Solar to our product mix was that we wanted to offer a good middle-of-the-range panel that was affordable for everybody.
We had been looking at adding a new product to our range for over 12 months, but with all the uncertainty with manufacturers, panel recalls and the solar industry as a whole we just did not know what panel to go with.
And we did not want to put our good name to anything we did not trust 100%.
After doing extensive testing on Phono Solar panels, we realized that we were able to offer more than just any old ‘middle-of-the-range’ panel. They looked fantastic on paper, which can be said for almost every panel ever made, but the Phono panels also actually performed well. Our initial expectations were far exceeded, and we were quite surprised, to say the least.
Phono Solar modules offer a quality that easily matches anything else in the industry and although Q CELLS has been our flagship solar panel for several years, the Phono panel is quickly catching up.
In our professional opinion, Phono Solar offer the best value for money of any solar panel available in Australia. See below for more details on the performance of Phono Solar Panels.
More on Phono Solar Panel Performance:
See the graph below for how similar the Phono Diamond and Q CELLS QPRO G3 panels performed in our initial system audits over six months. The difference is usually less than 4%, a marginal variation between the best panel in the world (Q CELLS) and the new upstart(Phono).
As you can see in this table below/to the left, the panel temperature ratings between Phono and Q CELLS panels are very similar. A strong temperature rating becomes especially important in Central and Northern QLD where temperatures and irradiation levels are a lot higher. Considering the Q CELLS QPRO panels have set numerous world records and are consistently outperforming other major brands by 15%+, we are extremely happy with these results.
In a Californian study conducted in the desert, Phono Solar outperformed the majority of other Tier 1 manufacturers as illustrated in the graph below. PTC (Performace Test Conditions) means that there were standardized test conditions to get results that are comparable with each other (comparing apples with apples!).
On an interesting side note, we have also been testing a 6kW Phono system that was damaged in a severe hailstorm in NSW and the output of the panels remains very high.
What our customers say about us
Solar installers are a dime a dozen these days, but proper energy engineering contractors like yourselves are few and far between.Toby Murdoch
I would recommend GEM Energy to anyone looking for a Solar PV provider.Cameron Dean
The work was completed in conjunction with our business needs and everyone from GEM Energy involved with the installation was professional, competent and courteous to the YMCA staff and our patrons.Phil Sellwood