Space technology to make Europe a leader in sustainable innovation
HIPERION modules are positioned as the most efficient flat photovoltaic panels ever designed. Their brand new concept called for the development of four unique, custom machines.
HIPERION panels, which are hybrid by nature, combine space concentration technology with conventional photovoltaic technology. This results in an exceptional concentration factor of 200 times, leading to more efficient energy conversion and making the use of multijunction solar cells (a costly core space technology) economically viable for terrestrial applications. This innovation also successfully addresses the issue of efficiency loss on concentrator modules in cloudy weather, which had remained unresolved until now.
HIPERION solar modules have achieved an impressive power conversion efficiency of over 29% under standard test conditions, compared to 15 to 22% for conventional panels (https://www.panneausolaire-info.be/rendement).
The flat shape of HIPERION modules makes them highly practical and improves their compatibility with existing infrastructure, including conventional commercial panels.