Bosch Solar Energy showcases innovative concepts at 25th EU PVSEC in Valencia

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Premiering a new crystalline module consisting of sixty high-performance monocrystalline cells.

· High-performance crystalline module with an output of over 250 watts

· Micromorphous thin film module with new interconnection concepts

· Innovative support system with installation time of 15 seconds per module

Valencia. Bosch Solar Energy AG is showcasing innovative cell, module and installation concepts at the European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC) in Valencia, Spain, between September 6th and 10th 2010.

EU PVSEC sees Bosch Solar Energy premiering a new crystalline module consisting of sixty high-performance monocrystalline cells. This module offers an output of more than 250 watts and an efficiency of 15.5 percent, characteristics which have been verified by the renowned Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Freiburg, Southern Germany. This exceptional performance is achieved through an optimized module concept. The new modules enhanced interconnection between solar cells, using a light harvesting string, reduces optical and electrical losses, thus increasing the module’s efficiency. Performance is improved even further thanks to a durable, anti-reflective coating on the cover glass.

Bosch Solar Energy is also showcasing innovative approaches in thin film technology, such as its micromorphous thin film solar module, Bosch Solar Module µm-Si EU1310. The optimized module layout and interconnection concept ensures a greater module performance at a lower open-circuit voltage. This enables up to ten modules to be interconnected in a string, thus making electrical installation easier and reducing costs. The module’s exterior design remains unchanged, ensuring that the Bosch Solar Module µm-Si EU1310 can also be used in the innovative slide-in system developed jointly with Bosch Rexroth.

This ideal match between support system and micromorphous thin film solar modules will also be on display at EU PVSEC. The system uses tracks instead of the usual clamps. Photovoltaic modules are simply inserted into the guide pieces and fastened instantly, halving installation time to 15 seconds per module and reducing material costs by up to 40 percent.

You will find more trendsetting cell and module concepts from Bosch Solar Energy in our innovation tunnel in Hall/Stand L2/H1/D15 at the 25th EU PVSEC exhibition in Valencia between September 6th and 9th, 2010.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. In the areas of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods, and building technology, some 275,000 associates generated sales of 38.2 billion euros in fiscal 2009. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 300 subsidiaries and regional companies in over 60 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for growth. Each year, Bosch spends more than 3.5 billion euros for research and development, and applies for some 3,800 patents worldwide. With all its products and services, Bosch enhances the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial.

The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering.” The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant up-front investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-two percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust. The remaining shares are held by the Bosch family and by Robert Bosch GmbH.

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