Ascent Solar’s module encapsulation packaging solution for flexible monolithically integrated CIGS modules has successfully passed a critical environmental testing milestone. An unnamed independent laboratory conducted a series of tests on the Ascent Solar modules under the requirements of the IEC 61646 standards.
The CIGS packaging solution successfully passed all of the test requirements including the rigorous standard of 1000 hours of damp heat testing (85% relative humidity and 85°C temperature) required by IEC for performance and long-term reliability.
Ascent Solar has begun external certification under IEC 61646 by submitting product intended for BIPV and BAPV applications for use in commercial and residential rooftop markets. Preparation for submission under Underwriters Laboratory certification is also under way.
Dr. Farhad Moghadam, president and CEO of Ascent Solar said, “We believe that the majority of BIPV and 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.”