According to Taiwan-based thin-film PV module manufacturer NexPower, it is the first thin-film producers to receive carbon footprint verification under PAS 2050 and ISO/CD 14067-1 standards. NexPower’s multi-junction PV modules were verified by DNV (Det Norske Veritas) in February, 2011 taking approximately four-months for the verification, according to the company.
NexPower’s product carbon footprint report contains data from the product’s greenhouse gas emission life cycle in raw material mining, component manufacturing, parts transportation, product manufacturing, and product delivery.
The company said it would continue to manage carbon footprint protocols and practices as well as continue carbon reduction best practices.
NexPower Technology was founded by semiconductor foundry, UMC in 2005. NexPower claims to be the first Taiwanese company to begin thin-film PV mass production and the first to attain IEC 61646, IEC 61730 certification and UL 1703 listing.
Thin-film capacity stands at 120MW and NexPower reached module efficiencies of 10% in 2010.