Q Cell Solar Panels

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We are big fans of Q Cell solar panels. They make high quality, well priced solar panels and are a great option for many systems we deal with today. 

We are going to cover off their background and how they came to be who they are today, the products they currently have on the market, what technology they use and much more.

Who are Q Cells and how did they get here

The company was founded back in 1999 and had started manufacturing solar panels by 2001. By 2005 Q Cell listed on the Frankfurt Stock exchange but unfortunately the next 7 years were less than ideal with Q Cell posting significant losses and ultimately filing for insolvency in 2012.

Not long after filing for insolvency, a Korean based firm Hanwha Group acquired the assets from Q Cell and merged the 2 brands together to create Hanwha Q Cells in late 2012.

Hanwha happens to be a fortune 500 company who have been around since 1952 and currently as of right now, are worth 2.78 trillion South Korean Won which converts to around just over 3 Billion Australian dollars. So you know, there is a really big and established company behind the panels going on your roof.

Hanwha had a solar division under the name of Hanwha SolarOne, so the acquisition made sense.

Fast-forward to today and Q Cells are considered to be one of the best panels on the residential solar market in Australia and the world.

What Is In The Q Cell Range

Q Cell has an extensive range of solar panels available on the residential solar market in Australia. The Q.Maxx range of panels is considered to be slightly cheaper with a shorter warranty period while the Q.Peak range is their premium solar panel with a longer warranty.

All of the commercial solar panels by Q-Cell are Q.Peak and range in output.

What Technology Do They Use?

Q Cell are well known across the industry for their quality control.

A testament to their quality control measures, Q Cell have developed and implemented tracking technology on the solar panels, the TRA.Q™ marking technology.

This allows Q Cell to understand the time and place of the production as well as the material batch.

Once a solar panel is made, sent out to market and installed on a roof, we can appreciate the ability to trace back when and where the panel was made and the material batch is really handy.

Q Cell also runs their own test on each individual solar panel to make sure it’s up to their high standards, this includes 600 cycles with temperature changes from -40 °C to +85 °C within a 15 week period. This is 3 times higher than IEC solar panel tests, which is the international electrotechnical commission.

Q Cell uses Mono-Perc technology across all their solar panels.

What Is The Warranty on Q Cell Panels?

The product warranty of the Q Cell panels are different depending on the range. The Q.Maxx allows a 12 year product warranty and a 25 year performance warranty.

We talk a lot about the difference between the two warranties on other videos and why we think the 25 year performance warranty is useless.

The Q.Peak range of Q Cells residential solar panels allow an impressive 25 year product warranty and a 25 year performance warranty. That is the best of the best.

Manufacturing Locations

Q Cell manufactures their solar panels in 4 locations across the world. Currently they have facilities in South Korea, China, Malaysia and the USA.


We can certainly say Q Cell is a good looking panel, as you can tell by the one I am standing next to. Aesthetics is something that we don’t think is considered enough when installing solar. These things are going on your roof for a very long time so it is important that you like the look of them too.

Q-Maxx G2
Q Peak Duo ML G9+

Wrap Up

Serving the Australian market since 2009, Q Cell is a well established solar brand. Their panels have proven to be high performing, high quality and will stand the test of time.

If you are considering Q Cell solar panels for your home, we believe you are making every good decision.

Q Cell Solar Panel FAQs

Most frequently asked questions and answers

Q Cell Solar Panels warranty changes depending on what panel in the range you buy. From a product warranty perspective, they range from 12 years to 25 years. 

Q Cells manufacture most of their panels in either South Korea or China depending on the model. They also have plants in the USA and Malaysia. 

We believe, Q Cell Solar Panels are some of the best solar panels you can buy in Australia. 

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