Applied Materials SunFab thin-film modules have become the first to qualify for Underwriters Laboratories’ Master Certification Program for the solar industry. The program, which was 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.
With this qualification, all Applied Materials’ customers who produce modules on a SunFab production line qualify for UL’s Fast Track Certification Program.
“The Master and Fast Track Programs and UL certification are critical to SunFab line customers working in the U.S. solar market, which is expected to grow from generating 400MW to nearly 2GW of solar energy during the next two years,” said Kirk Hasserjian, corporate vice president, Applied Materials.
“Having an established, independent third party like UL validate the safety and performance of the SunFab line-produced modules helps our customers more rapidly take advantage of key market development opportunities. Two of our customers have already successfully certified their SunFab production line modules using the UL Fast Track Certification Program,” continued Hasserjian.
“UL is committed to supporting the PV industry and continues to expand our solar testing capabilities to help customers meet their individual needs – large and small – as well as the demands of the growing marketplace,” said Jeff Smidt, general manager and vice president of UL’s Global Energy business unit. “Our recent work with Applied Materials is a perfect example of how the Master and Fast Track Certification Programs reduce project turnaround times and increase speed to market, which is vital for our customers.”
UL’s photovoltaic programs are able to test to both national and international standards, including UL1703, UL 61730, IEC 61215, IEC 61646, and IEC 61730.