Rheinland has awarded certification to standard IEC 61646 to ersol’s
Nova-T amorphous thin-film module following collaboration by ersol with
Oerlikon Solar. The modules are produced using Oerlikon’s fabrication
equipment, and during the testing process underwent a variety of harsh
stress tests to gain the sought-after certification.
Standard IEC 61646 tests for ageing of modules due to exposure to adverse conditions. ersol’s Nova-T modules were put through tests to determine the degree of wear on the material when exposed to elements such as UV radiation, cold, heat, humidity, snow, wind pressure and wind suction. The modules were awarded the certification based on the absence of any visible damage or changes in their power and insulation properties.
“After ‘Nova-T’ passed the Protection Class II tests last year, we are pleased to have
acquired certification by TÜV Rheinland,” said Dr Christian Koitzsch, Technical
Director of ersol Thin Film GmbH. “In the past few years the IEC 61646 test certificate asserted itself internationally as a quality seal for thin-film solar modules. Working closely together with Oerlikon Solar, the qualification testifies to the first-rate product characteristics of ‘Nova-T’ with regard to long-term mechanical stability and adherence to electrical parameters.”
By Síle Mc Mahon