Ascent Solar externally certifies module encapsulation material for its flexible PV laminate – August 5, 2010
Ascent Solar Technologies Inc. has announced that its packaging solution for flexible monolithically integrated CIGS modules has successfully passed a critical environmental testing milestone.
An independent laboratory conducted a series of tests on Ascent Solar modules under the requirements of the IEC 61646 standards. The AscentSolar solution successfully passed all of the test requirements including the rigorous standard of one thousand (1,000) hours of damp heat testing (85 percent relative humidity and 85°C temperature) set forth by IEC for performance and long term reliability.
AscentSolar has begun external certification under IEC 61646 by submitting products intended for building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) and building applied photovoltaic (BAPV) applications for use in commercial and residential rooftop markets.
Preparation for submission under UL certification is also underway. Once certified, Ascent’s Flexible CIGS modules will be the first of their kind to achieve such certification, and should position the company for entry into the largest markets for its products.
Dr. Farhad Moghadam, President, and CEO of Ascent Solar stated: “We believe that the majority of BIPVand BAPV demand resides in flexible CIGS solutions incorporating a certified flexible package. Our demonstration of the first flexible CIGS package which meets the IEC testing opens the door to penetration into these large market opportunities.”