Trubbach, Switzerland — Oerlikon Solar this week said that it has received several key technology certifications that will help its customers bring thin film PV to market faster. Oerlikon Solar has received a UL Master Certificate for solar its solar photovoltaic (PV) modules, and an expanded TÜV Rheinland IEC certification for a new 130-watt (W) module design.
Oerlikon Solar’s R&D efforts are focused on lowering the module manufacturing cost of thin film silicon PV below $0.70 per Watt by the end of 2010. These new technology certifications validate Oerlikon’s ability to provide not only lower cost, but the highest quality and reliability, the company said.
“Oerlikon Solar is fully committed to help its customers meet fast-growing demand for solar PV,” said Dr. Jürg Henz, CEO of Oerlikon Solar. “We are not only reducing module manufacturing cost, but providing the fastest time-to-market with thin film PV. The new certifications from UL and TÜV confirm that Oerlikon Solar meets highest quality and reliability standards worldwide.”
Micromorph and all other Oerlikon Solar technologies including technologies produced on commercial TCO or on Oerlikon Solar in-house produced TCO are now UL certified (UL 1703). The UL Master Certificate is an important validation of product quality and bankability. The program, introduced in 2009, is an enhanced service offering with streamlined testing and certification procedures intended to help PV module and production equipment manufacturers get products to market faster.