Wiosun™ pv-therm (PVT) 180 Combined Heat and Power Module has earned four TÜV PTL’s certificates
TÜV Rheinland PTL (TÜV PTL), North America’s largest solar and photovoltaic (PV) testing company, announces that Wiosun™ pv-therm (PVT) 180 Combined Heat and Power Module has earned four TÜV PTL’s certificates, confirming that the product complies globally with the safety and quality codes required of thermal solar collectors and PV modules. The PV-Therm module is manufactured by Solarzentrum Allgäu of Germany and is distributed in the U.S. and Canada by Solarzentrum North America, Inc.
TÜV Rheinland PTL tests and certifies systems slated for sale in the European Union, Asian and North American markets to assure that solar thermal, PV, concentrated photovoltaic, and concentrated solar power systems comply with electrical, mechanical, and environmental requirements for both product quality and product safety.
The WIOSUN PVT 180 is the world’s only certified combination module to have passed TÜV PTL’s testing according to IEC 61215:2005, IEC 61730-1:2004 and IEC 61730-2:2004, ANSI/UL 1703 and SRCC-OG 100 standards. The PV-Therm module combines the benefits of both a thermal solar collector and PV module, providing heating, cooling and electricity to a facility all at the same time. On the back, the module is fitted with a steel heat exchanger, which transports the heat away from the solar cells and allows them to produce up to 30% more electrical output. Prospective applications for this product include producing electricity and hot water for homes and businesses as well as heating pools, spas and homes.
About 70% of all solar module manufacturers have their products tested by TÜV Rheinland to obtain national and international market licenses. TÜV Rheinland operates test laboratories for solar modules and systems in six locations worldwide: Cologne, Germany; Shanghai, China; Taichung, China; Yokohama, Japan; and Bangalore, India, as well as a U.S. facility in Tempe, Arizona at TÜV Rheinland PTL. Hundreds of experts specializing in solar technologies work at the existing test centers.
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About Solarzentrum Allgäu, GmbH & Ko. KG
Established in 1985, Solarzentrum Allgäu of Germany introduced WIOSUN™ PV-Therm 180 Combined Heat and Power Module in 2008. Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology honored the product with the Federal award for the outstanding innovation in the solar power industry. Since the serial production of the module began in Germany in 2009, more than 400 kW, equal to over 2,200 modules, have been successfully installed throughout that country. The PV-Therm module is protected by a worldwide patent, which includes the United States and Canada. For more information, visit www.solarzentrum-allgaeu.de.
About Solarzentrum North America, Inc.
Established in 2009, Solarzentrum North America, Inc. (SZNA) is responsible for manufacturing and final assembly of WIOSUN™ PV-Therm modules sold in the United States and Canada. SZNA distributes the PV-Therm modules through distributors, channel partners and direct sales. The target market for this technology includes any commercial user of electricity and thermal energy on a year-round basis, such as hospitals, prisons, hotels, colleges and universities. The residential market will include any home that uses domestic hot water, pools, and low-grade heating. SZNA’s mission is to provide this innovative solar power product to the North American market, in the process playing an important role in reducing U.S. dependency on foreign fossil fuels. For more information, visit www.szna-usa.com.
About TÜV Rheinland PTL, LLC
Based in Tempe, Ariz., TÜV Rheinland PTL, LLC is a leading provider of safety and performance testing and market certification serving every sector of the photovoltaic and solar thermal marketplace, from the supply chain through installation. TÜV Rheinland PTL is a unique partnership between Arizona State University, an institution with more than 50 years of research on solar energy and extensive solar testing know-how, and TÜV Rheinland®, a $1.5 billion global provider of independent testing, assessment, and certification services. With an international network across six continents, TÜV Rheinland® maintains the largest network of Solar Energy Laboratories worldwide, with five major laboratories on three continents. For more information, visit www.tuvptl.com.
About TÜV Rheinland®
TÜV Rheinland® is the worldwide leader in market access, helping businesses gain international approvals in more than 200 countries. The company delivers premier independent certification, testing, and assessment services for many industry sectors. With in-country experts across six continents, TÜV Rheinland eases the path to compliance with technical expertise, cost-effective pricing and quick turnaround times. The $1.5 billion corporation is comprised of an international network of more than 13,300 employees in 61 countries. For more information, visit www.tuv.com/us.