Applied Materials (AMAT) Gets Giant Solar Panels IEC Certified

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10:35:06 am on May 29, 2009

Applied Materials just announced that its giant 5.7m2 solar photovoltaic (PV) modules have received certification from the International Electrotechnical Commission. The solar panels, produced as part of Applied Material’s Sunfab Thin Film line, are the largest available on the market today.

In a press release, Dr. Randhir Thakur, senior vice president and general manager of Applied Materials’ Display and SunFab Solar Business Group explained why Applied Materials believes that bigger is better:

“We expect 5.7m2 modules to become the standard for utility-scale PV power. Applying SunFab technology to ultra-large modules creates an unprecedented opportunity to reduce both manufacturing and installation costs, transforming solar PV into a long-term solution to provide the world with affordable energy from a renewable source.”

Certification was awarded by TÜV InterCert, confirming that the SunFab modules meet IEC standards 61646 and 61730. “Applied’s 5.7m2 modules are four times bigger than anything we’ve ever tested,” said Mr. Sergizzarea, president and CEO of TÜV InterCert. “We made modifications to the laboratory and added equipment to enable us to test modules this large. Creating a PV product of this size that can pass all of the IEC tests while maintaining mechanical and electrical integrity is an impressive feat of engineering.”

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