Solar Frontier’s copper-indium-selenium (CIS) thin-film modules have been certified for salt mist and ammonia resistance by TÜV Rheinland. Exposure to high levels of both salt and ammonia neither affected the modules’ operation nor resulted in early aging.
Solar Frontier has become the latest in a line of solar module manufacturers to choose to have tested its products’ resistance to extreme weather conditions. Solar installations placed in costal environments can be exposed to corrosive salt mist, while ammonia from fertilisers and farm animals can damage modules placed in agricultural areas.
First Solar’s Series 3 modules, Astronergy’s crystalline modules, Evergreen’s ES-A modules, Trina Solar’s Multi Module Series and Avancis’s thin film modules have all passed salt mist corrosion tests, while the latter two have also passed ammonia resistance tests. Trina Solar’s Mono Module Series, Conergy’s PowerPlus modules and all of Suntech’s core products have passed ammonia resistance tests only.
“With TÜV Rheinland salt mist and ammonia resistance certification, installers and homeowners can now rest assured that a PV installation with Solar Frontier modules is not only an economical and ecological investment, but also a secure investment when located near the seashore or in livestock-intensive agricultural areas,” said Wolfgang Lange, Managing Director, Solar Frontier Europe. “Our modules withstood even the most challenging TÜV Rheinland tests, showing that they remain unaffected by the corrosive properties of ammonia or salt mist.”