LG Electronics has released its first bifacial solar module – the LG NeON 2 BiFacial – to the UK market, pledging to increase energy yields by as much as 25%.

Bifacial modules differ from traditional alternatives by utilising both sides of the panel to generate electricity. Incident light is captured on the back of the module by using translucent foil, boosting module performance in both prime and sub-prime operating conditions.

The LG NeON 2 BiFacial is capable of outputs of up to 375W and also contains a silver anodized aluminium frame which reflects incident light to boost the panel’s efficiency.

Michael Harre, VP of EU Solar Business Group at LG Electronics Germany, said that the development of bifacial cells had taken LG’s technology “to the next level”.

“The bifacial cells can generate more power within a consistently small area, helping to boost efficiency and reduce the overall cost of a PV system. The LG NeON 2 BiFacial module raises the bar for the solar industry once more taking competition to the next level,” Harre said.

LG will not be alone in offering bifacial modules to the UK market however after German manufacturer SolarWorld pledged to offer its equivalent product to partnered installers during March’s Ecobuild conference.

Head of sales at SolarWorld Vera Mikosch told Solar Power Portal at the time that the bifacial modules would enable its installers to “differentiate themselves” from competitors in the market place.