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TULiPPS First to Use Ultra-Thin, Single-Layer Solar Glass

Post Time:Dec 24,2011Classify:Industry NewsView:1074

 

In another first for the solar photovoltaic (PV) module market, TULiPPS Solar B.V. is the first company to use special 2-mm/0.08 inch, single-layer toughened solar glass from Ducatt NV (Lommel, Belgium), produced via the patented tempering process developed by LiSEC Group (Hausmening, Austria). This ultra-thin ultra-clear glass provides frameless COSMOS™ solar modules from TULiPPS with increased break resistance, light transmittance, and energy-generating efficiency/unit area while also reducing module weight and overall costs (Watt-peak installed). Owing to TULiPPS’ own patent-pending frameless module design, it is the first company able to take full advantage of the significant benefits of the special Ducatt glass produced on LiSEC tempering equipment that has the potential to significantly change how solar modules are built and their capacity to generate energy.

 

In another first for the solar photovoltaic (PV) module market, TULiPPS Solar B.V. is the first company to use special 2-mm/0.08 inch, single-layer toughened solar glass from Ducatt NV (Lommel, Belgium), produced via the patented tempering process developed by LiSEC Group (Hausmening, Austria). This ultra-thin ultra-clear glass provides frameless COSMOS™ solar modules from TULiPPS with increased break resistance, light transmittance, and energy-generating efficiency/unit area while also reducing module weight and overall costs (Watt-peak installed). Owing to TULiPPS’ own patent-pending frameless module design, it is the first company able to take full advantage of the significant benefits of the special Ducatt glass produced on LiSEC tempering equipment that has the potential to significantly change how solar modules are built and their capacity to generate energy.

 

Ducatt is one of the world’s only dedicated solar-glass manufacturers and specializes in producing ultra-clear, ultra-thin, ultra-light low-iron solar glass that does not sacrifice strength. The company has just completed a €50-million ($68-million USD) investment in a best-in-class dedicated solar-glass furnace/manufacturing line as well as glass processing and tempering lines – the latter exclusively outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment from LiSEC. The new tempering line has been optimized end-to-end for quality and speed to produce ultra-clear (95% transparency with minimal reflectivity), ultra-thin (down to 2 mm), and ultra-strong (fully tempered) rolled solar glass. This special glass helps reduce shipping costs and facilitates module installation. Plus, its exceptional clarity means that it can help improve any module’s energy-generating efficiency by 4%.

 

LiSEC is a global company setting new standards in manufacturing quality and technology with machines, software, and services to process and finish flat glass. The company has achieved unrivalled expertise in processing, handling, and thermally treating thin glass, which is lightweight and robust. Thin glass tempered with LiSEC furnaces achieves a consistent microstructure with unprecedented high density and surface tension. Under high pressure or when struck, properly supported safety glass will bend without breaking. Optical distortions, or roller waves, which occur in conventional horizontal tempering furnaces with roller transport, are a thing of the past. With 50 years’ experience in the flat-glass industry, LiSEC offers a comprehensive range of components for processing series, functional, and solar glass, including buffer, loading and sorting systems, cutting tables, edge-processing machines, quality scanners, and tempering furnaces. With its own Competence Centre for thin-glass testing, LiSEC is the specialist for all thin-glass concerns.

 

Ducatt is a spinoff from Emgo, a market leader with more than 45 years’ experience in glass development, manufacturing, and processing. As one of the world’s only exclusively solar-glass manufacturers, Ducatt specializes is producing dedicated, ultra-clear, anti-reflective, ultra-thin, ultra-light and toughened low-iron solar glass that does not sacrifice strength. The company name refers to the Italian ‘Ducato’ coin, the official currency of the Republic of Venice in the 13th century. It was made of almost pure gold and became the general trade coin of Europe. This name not only conveys Ducatt’s ambitions to be the international gold standard in thin solar glass, but it also is a metaphor of the company’s mission to help its customers harvest energy from the golden sun and save costs. The company is headquartered just 20 kilometers/12 miles from one of Europe’s best quarries for low-iron sand and a transport hub for Essers, Belgium’s largest logistics service, is housed right at Ducatt’s production facility. This, plus a closely monitored supply chain, helps the company produce glass according to Triple Green principles, maintaining an environmentally sound, locally manufactured, sustainable product that is shipped to customers via cost-effective and rapid transport. With tailor-made solutions for PV crystalline silicon and thin-film modules, flat-plate solar thermal collectors, CSP systems, and even greenhouses, Ducatt is positioned to support growing interest in solar energy.

 

Source: glassglobalAuthor: shangyi

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