December 5, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] Kyocera Solar has received an advanced Underwriters Laboratory (UL) certification for a broad range of its solar photovoltaic modules. The UL Class 1, Division 2, Groups A, B, C, D certification has made Kyocera’s KC-Series modules ranging from 35 to 120 watts UL-approved for use in hazardous environments containing volatile flammable liquids, gases or vapors. The Class 1, Division 2 certification will allow these modules to be installed in hazardous environments common to the oil and gas, mining and chemical industries, as well as many other industries which seek solar energy solutions with a higher safety rating. Constructed with 6-inch multi-crystalline PV cells, Kyocera PV modules offer a conversion efficiency exceeding 14 percent. The cells are encapsulated between a tempered glass cover and an ethaline-vinyl-acetate (EVA) pottant (the injected plasticized material the cells are embedded in) and an aluminum foil backing sheet for protection in severe environmental conditions. The entire laminate is installed in an anodized aluminum frame to provide structural strength and facilitate installation. A sealed junction box attached to the aluminum frame houses the wire termination contacts. All Kyocera PV modules carry a 25-year output warranty.