Xunlight garners UL certification for flexible silicon thin-film PV modules


Thin-film photovoltaics firm Xunlight has received certification for its flexible, lightweight modules under the ANSI/UL 1703 standard for North American markets. The company says the certification applies to its XR-series of flexible photovoltaic rooftop modules for a range of power outputs up to 264W per panel, making Xunlight one of a handful of companies that have had their flexible PV panels certified.

ETL certification was granted following rigorous testing by Intertek, an independent product safety certification organization. ANSI/UL 1703 represents the standard for safety flat-plate photovoltaic modules and panels.

The certified modules incorporate Xunlight’s triple-junction, amorphous-silicon thin-film solar cells produced using the company’s high-speed, wide-web, roll-to-roll PECVD-based 25MW PV manufacturing line at its 122,0000-sq-ft production facility in Toledo, OH.

“This certification marks a major milestone for Xunlight as it unlocks the entry of our flexible PV modules into the broader commercial markets,” said Xunming Deng, president/CEO of Xunlight. “We are pleased to be able to offer our valued customers high-quality flexible PV products certified to the ANSI/UL 1703 standards.”

Xunlight was awarded a $34.5 million advanced energy manufacturing tax credit by the departments of Energy and Treasury earlier this year, as part of the U.S. Recovery Act. The company said it will use the credit to help it ramp to commercial-scale production.

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