BIRTH OF SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

Qcells Milestone
From SOLAR PIONEER to ENERGY LEADER
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The Beginning

The beginning of Qcells
1999
Qcells SE founded in Germany
Qcells was founded in Thalheim, Germany employing over 2,000 people. Upon Qcells' establishment, other companies also began opening facilities in the surrounding area, giving rise to what would come to be known as Germany's "Solar Valley." That same year, the company reached global solar capacity of 1GW.
2001
Set new standard with 6-inch mono cell
The company produces its first working polycyrstalline solar cell called Q6 on its new production line in Thalheim. Later on, Qcells introduces its first monocrystalline cell, the Q6M.
2004
Set new standard with Q6L 6-inch cell
Qcells sets new standard for industry with Q6L (156x156mm) 6-inch cell, which provides better performance and maximum utilization of the module's surface space. Other companies followed to produce their cells of the size same as Q6L.
2008
World-first company to ensure Hot-Spot-free cells with Hot-Spot Protect
Qcells becomes world's first company to ensure Hot-SpotFree cells with Hot-Spot Protect. The quality and safety procedure "Hot-Spot Protect" ensures that the Qcells' solar cells are 100% guaranteed free from hot spots that could heat up and effect quality of module.
2010
Introduces world-first full-square monocrystalline cell
Introduces first full-square monocrystalline Q6L cell in the solar industry, which provides additional 3% power output compared to pseudo-square mono-crystalline solar cell. Q CELLS' new cell creates highly appealing module due to homogenously black look, which is a perfect solution for aesthetically attractive look of the house, building, or others where it is installed.
2011
World-record efficiency of 19.5% in multicrystalline cell
Q.ANTUM Technology sets a new efficiency world record of 19.5% for polycrystalline solar cells, as confirmed by the Fraunhofer Institute (ISE). Anti LID, Anti PID, HotSpot Protect, Tra.QTM and Quality Tested all come together to form Q.ANTUM and provide the most powerful, long lasting, stable and secure solar modules.

Q.ANTUM

Commercialization of PERC solar cell based on Q.ANTUM Technology with which Qcells sets module efficiency record.
2012
World-first company to commercialize PERC technology*
Qcells began producing PERC solar cells* in mass production based on Q.ANTUM technology. Qcells is also the first manufacturer of solar modules to participate successfully in the Quality Tested program of the VDE, an independent certification institute from Germany, setting a new standard for holistic quality assurance. Qcells also operates the largest technology and module test centre in the industry, as well as its own VDE-certified testing laboratory.
* PERC technology
PERC tech essentially enables to improve light capture near the rear surface and to optimize electrons capture than standard solar cell tech
2015
Signed 1.5GW module* supply agreement with NextEra
Qcells becomes the first company to produce solar cells based on the innovative PERC technology at GW-scale production capacity per year. This gave the company the opportunity to sign the largest supply contract in the history of the solar industry of 1.5 GW with NextEra Energy Resources, LLC.
* 1.5 GW module
In the Back to the Future Movie, the DeLorean time machine is a time travel device made by retrofitting a DMC DeLorean vehicle with a flux capacitor. The car requires 1.21gigawatts of power and needs to travel 88 miles per hour (142 km/h) to initiate time travel. In real life, if you account 1 GW for uneven use and especially for distribution loss, 1 GW could realistically power 300,000 homes.
2015
World-record efficiency of 19.5% in multicrystalline module
Q.ANTUM Technology sets a new efficiency world record of 19.5% for polycrystalline solar modules. This is also the first time in PV industry for PV modules with the same size (1,670 x 1,000 mm2, 60 cells) to break 300W barrier. At the same year Qcells also receives "Solar Industry Award 2015" with its Q.PLUS G4 Q.ANTUM module in the category "Module Manufacturing Innovation."

Business Expansion

Introduces Energy Storage Solution and Presents New Energy Business Model
2016
Launched energy storage system business
Qcells presents Q.HOME Energy Storage Solution for the first time. This is a unified energy solution that combines Qcells solar module + inverter + energy storage for residential systems.
2018
“Contracting for Solar Systems” offered for the first time.
The new business model "Contracting for Solar System" enables small and medium-sized businesses as well as owners of residential buildings, to receive access to low-cost solar power without any layout of capital. This first new business model project is done in partnership with ISM Energy (Installation Partner) and Stadtwerke BitterfeldWolfen (Contract Partner), where Qcells supplies 9.9kWp solar system.

Next Level of Technology

Qcells continues to further innovate and presents Q.ANTUM DUO Z Technology.
2019
Inaugurated the largest module facility in western hemisphere* (1.7GW, USA)
Qcells opens largest solar factory in the Western Hemisphere. The 300,000 sq ft factory in Dalton, Georgia, United States, has the capacity to produce 12,000 PV modules per day. Its annual production of 1.7 GW of solar module capacity is nearly equivalent to the peak power output of Hoover Dam.
2019
Introduces Q.ANTUM DUO Z Technology
Qcells announces its successful mass production of 3 billion Q.ANTUM solar cells. The company also introduces its Q.PEAK DUO-G9 solar module series based on the new Q.ANTUM DUO Z Technology, which adds the Zero-gap technology to the existing benefits of Q.ANTUM DUO Technology.

Start of Energy Business

Qcells continues to expand its business to provide total energy solution
2019
Launch of Q.ENERGY service
Customers can buy and consume 100% clean energy, regardless of whether they own a solar system installed thanks to Q.ENERGY service. Qcells' Q.ENERGY service delivers electricity - drawn from 100% clean energy sources in Germany and Austria - to customers, enabling them to power their homes in a green and environmentally friendly manner.
2020
Qcells aquires GELI expanding its offerings in integrated energy storage solutions
Qcells signs an agreement to purchase a 100% stake in Growing Energy Labs Inc (GELI), a leading energy storage solutions and software provider. Leveraging Geli’s proprietary artificial intelligence technology for designing, automating, and managing energy storage systems, Q CELLS will be able to provide integrated energy solutions through packaged hardware and software capabilities (solar+storage). The acquisition marks Qcells’ expansion into the U.S. solar + storage market beyond existing solutions in Europe and Australia.
2020
First solar module manufacturer to pass new QCPV certification
Qcells seals first industry certification for new Quality Controlled PV program from TÜV Rheinland. The Company adopts the TÜV Rheinland Quality Controlled PV certification in order to strengthen its position as the leading quality provider in the PV industry, backed by a testing scheme that is not only the most extensive and stringent available to date, but is also the only certification in the entire industry to involve independent and random onsite testing from running production, as well as regular material testing.
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Germany
Technology & Innovation HQ
South Korea
Global Executive HQ
Germany
South Korea
China
Malaysia
USA
South Korea
China
Malaysia
2
HEADQUARTERS
South Korea,
Germany
We develop our Qcells product portfolio "Engineered in Germany" and support global roll-out.
4
R&D CENTERS
Germany,
South Korea,
Malaysia,
China
We ensure Qcells at the forefront of technology by developing new, innovative generations of products.
4
MANUFACTURING SITES
South Korea,
Malaysia,
China,
USA
We maintain Qcells at the forefront of production techniques, manufacturing capability and quality competitiveness.
60+
SALES NETWORK
Europe,
North America,
Asia,
South America,
Africa,
Middle East
We market Qcells excellence in services and products and extend across renewable energy markets.

Keeping Market Leadership
in Most G7 Countries

Dominant market share in Residential, Solid foothold in Commercial
USA
Residential
24.8%
Comercial
19.1%
In USA, Qcells has maintained its No.1 position of residential market for eight consecutive quarters and its newly recorded market share nearly equaled the share of the next three competitors combined
UK
Residential
13.6%
Germany
Residential
11.5%
Italy
Residential
16.5%
Japan
Residential
11.5%
* Source :
1) U.S. PV Leaderboard (2020-2Q), Wood Mackenzie
2) PV InstallerMonitor 2018/19, EuPD Research
3) Fuji Keizai Kansai 2019

Recognized, Proven its Excellence in
Global Market

Winning awards in Top Brand, Top Technology, Top Quality, Top Bankability
10
Countries
50+
Total
13
Top Brand
14
Top Technology
TOP BRAND
TOP
BRAND PV
8 consecutive years in EU
6 consecutive years in Australia
TOP BRAND
LIFE & LIVING
AWARD
Germany’s most popular provider for 2 consecutive years
TOP TECHNOLOGY
INTERSOLAR
AWARD
Q.PEAK RSF L-G4.2 (2017)
Q.PEAK DUO-G5 (2018)
TOP TECHNOLOGY
SOLAR+POWER
AWARD
Q.PEAK DUO-G5 (2017)
Q.FLAT-G5 (2018)
TOP QUALITY
TOP
PERFORMER
6 consecutive years
TOP BANKABILITY
BNEF TOP-TIER
BANKABILITY
Top-tier company since 2012
Qcells opens largest solar factory in the Western Hemisphere. The 300,000 sq ft factory in Dalton, Georgia, United States, has the capacity to produce 12,000 PV modules per day. Its annual production of 1.7 GW of solar module capacity is nearly equivalent to the peak power output of Hoover Dam.
2019
Residential
Inaugurated the largest module facility in western hemisphere* (1.7GW, USA)
Qcells opens largest solar factory in the Western Hemisphere. The 300,000 sq ft factory in Dalton, Georgia, United States, has the capacity to produce 12,000 PV modules per day. Its annual production of 1.7 GW of solar module capacity is nearly equivalent to the peak power output of Hoover Dam.
13.6%
* Dalton factory
The 300,000 sq ft factory in Dalton, Georgia has the capacity to produce 12,000 PV modules per day – 1.7 GW worth annually for panels able to produce the same peak generating capacity as the Hoover Dam.
2019
Germany
Introduces Q.ANTUM DUO Z Technology
Qcells announces its successful mass production of 3 billion Q.ANTUM solar cells. The company also introduces its Q.PEAK DUO-G9 solar module series based on the new Q.ANTUM DUO Z Technology, which adds the Zero-gap technology to the existing benefits of Q.ANTUM DUO Technology.
Residential