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Intersolar North America 2010: Bosch Solar Energy presents photovoltaic modules certified to UL standards

- Underwriters Laboratories issues certification for crystalline solar modules according to UL 1703 standard
- Canadian Standards Association certifies micromorphous Bosch thin-film modules according to UL 1703
- Important milestone reached for entry into the North American market
- Other new products will be introduced
San Francisco, USA – For the first time, Bosch Solar Energy AG will present its crystalline and thin-film modules, now certified according to the UL 1703 standard, at this year's Intersolar North America. Certification was issued by the independent Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and Canadian Standards Association (CSA) testing institutes. In addition to checking for degradation due to climatic influences (cold, heat, moisture, climate changes) and mechanical stresses (hail, wind updraft, wind pressure, snow), the module's fire characteristics were also tested. “Certification according to UL 1703 stands for verified safety and confirms the top notch product features of our photovoltaic modules,” commented Executive Vice President of Sales Peter Schneidewind. “This represents an important milestone for introducing our crystalline and thin-film solar modules to the North American market, which will give our business in the USA and Canada a significant boost.”

The solar modules Bosch Solar Module c-Si M 60 and Bosch Solar Module µm-Si plus convince thanks to their high-quality workmanship and attractive yields even under sub-optimal levels of sunlight. Furthermore, both module types fulfill all California Energy Commission (CEC) requirements for energy efficiency and environmental compatibility.

Bosch Solar Energy presents additional thin-film product news
Bosch Solar Energy will be showcasing the micromorphous thin-film module in combination with a mounting system, which was developed in cooperation with Bosch Rexroth. The innovative new slide-in system enables the rapid and safe installation of the frameless thin-film solar modules. Tracks are used instead of the usual clamps. The photovoltaic modules are simply inserted into the guide pieces and fastened instantly. This cuts the installation time in half to 15 seconds per module. This means that around twice as many modules can be installed in the same amount of time as one could using a conventional four-point clamping system. Of course, this combination of micromorphous thin film module and mounting system is also UL 1703 certified.

Furthermore, Bosch Solar Energy will for the first time present its CIS thin-film modules which are particularly well-suited for architecturally demanding PV solutions and facade installations.

You will find us at the Intersolar North America tradeshow in San Francisco from July 13 to 15, 2010 on the 2nd floor, Stand 8619.

About Bosch Solar Energy:
Bosch Solar Energy AG is the Bosch Group’s Solar Energy Division. Together with its affiliate companies, it is a leading supplier of photovoltaic products. With almost 1,700 employees and its headquarters in Erfurt, Germany, Solar Energy is the youngest division in the Bosch Group to date. From small-scale plants for single-family homes to finished large-scale photovoltaic projects – Bosch Solar Energy offers high-quality solar cells and modules for photovoltaic power generation. The development of top-quality turnkey solar power plants was added as a new key business segment in the past year. In this area, Bosch Solar Energy handles the building of solar power plants, from initial planning to turnkey handover.

In 2009, Bosch Solar Energy established a sales force in Palo Alto, California, that prepares the launch of the Bosch Solar Energy products onto the North American market.

For more information please visit www.bosch-solarenergy.com.

About Bosch:
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 repre-sented 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.

Additional information can be accessed at www.bosch.com.

7107 - July 2010


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