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June 2nd, 2015
EINDHOVEN, The Netherlands – In order to offer photovoltaic (PV) module makers greater value and manufacturing flexibility, solar research and development company, TULiPPS B.V. has teamed up with Asahi Glass Co. Ltd. (AGC) and Eurotron B.V. to offer ultra-thin chemically treated Leoflex™ glass in glass/glass modules with high-efficiency back-contact cells in TULiPP's patent-pending frameless module system and full glass building skin.
Details are provided in this
press release.

May 8th, 2015
EINDHOVEN, THE NETHERLANDS – The first demonstration of a game-changing building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) module technology for sloped roofs and cladding has been installed at the Solar Energy Application Centre (SEAC) research facility, Solar Beat located at the Eindhoven University of Technology (here).
More details are provided in this press release.

January 15th, 2014
We are announcing the existence of an exciting new European consortium dedicated to developing long-life, high-efficiency, lightweight, and low-cost photovoltaic (PV) modules for flat or sloped roofs and building cladding. The consortium, called SUMMIT, has just been approved to receive FP7 funding of €4-million / $5.5-million USD from the European Commission to build and validate "smart" PV modules that eliminate long-standing issues with conventional modules. Details on the goals of the group as well as its members and their unique technologies are provided in this
press release. TULiPPS is the consortium leader for SUMMIT.

PV Module Technology that Boosts Efficiency While Lowering Costs

Over the last few decades, the PV industry has invested considerable time, effort, and resources improving the energy-generating efficiency of PV cells and reducing their manufacturing costs. However, traditional glass and aluminum-frame modules that house PV cells have not changed significantly in over 40 years, nor has their installation method because the industry is still using a separate metal support structure. Hence, a significant opportunity to reduce costs and weight has been left unexploited — until now!

Applying design, materials, and manufacturing efficiencies from the automotive composites industry, TULiPPS has developed its patent-pending COSMOS™ module technology with a frameless, integrated structural support system plus thin glass top. This versatile system can be used by any PV module manufacturer producing modules that utilize silicon or thin-film PV cell technologies with glass tops/fronts. By switching from conventional metal frames to our frameless composite system, PV module producers can reduce their systems costs, improve their design flexibility, and offer their own customers numerous benefits ranging from lower weight to much faster installation to higher energy-conversion efficiency.

Thanks to tough automotive-grade plastics and composites warranted to provide a 25+ year service life, this new module system offers a high level of parts integration plus plug-'n-play functionality that speeds assembly and installation. Since the systems are lighter and can be mounted flatter and closer to the building structure than conventional PV modules, heavy ballast is no longer needed to secure modules to the roof surface. Instead, a proven roof-anchor system that does not penetrate the roof membrane is used. Together, these innovative features help lower installation costs and time, and reduce the risk of post-installation roof leaks.

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