Award for Durch solar company

Paul Boughton
TULiPPS Solar BV has won the 2012 Dutch Solar Innovation Awards  in the Industrial Development category during a ceremony on the Eindhoven High Tech Campus. 

Organised by Dutch Solar Magazine, the first Dutch Solar Awards is a juried competition designed to showcase the best of the Netherlands’ solar energy sector by recognizing innovation in several awards categories. Jury members who decided the Industrial Development category are all long-time solar industry professionals.

The Industry Development category recognises a company that excels in achieving an industrial innovation (in 2011) that advances the progress of industry and the solar market on a global scale. The other three award categories this year included: Project Development, Young Solar, and Solar Thesis.

In awarding TULiPPS with its prestigious award, Jury President, Prof Dr Wim Sinke, who is also Program Development manager-Solar Energy at the Energy Research Centre of theNetherlands (ECN) as well as chairman of the European Photovoltaic Technology Platform said: “The jury selected TULiPPS Solar because the company ranked highest in a number of criteria.  We were impressed by the owner, Paul Stassen’s incredible persistence in moving this company and its technology forward.  He has put together a unique multidisciplinary consortium with a remarkable number of partners whose expertise in solar, roofing, glass, composites, and even automotive have helped TULiPPS completely redesign the solar module. They have designed a new product from scratch, but have used proven technology that exists today even if it’s not so well known or so visible in the solar industry, and it is broadly deployable. They are an excellent example of the kind of ‘out-of-the-box thinking’ that will move our industry forward.”

New patent-pending COSMOS module technology from TULiPPS Solar BV – in standard 72- and larger 120-cell configurations – has carefully been designed to address deficiencies with conventional PV systems in order to bring greater value to all members of the solar PV supply chain – from the PV module manufacturers and module installation companies to building owners and investors. 

Developed in partnership with leading companies in the automotive composites, roofing, glass, and PV industries, the modules reduce weight, production costs, installation time and maintenance, as well as increase revenues, and lower system costs (Watt-peak installed) for the next generation of solar PV modules. 

Key to the success of the system is the combination of tough but lightweight automotive-grade composites, a frameless support system with plug-n-play functionality, a proven roof-anchor system that does not penetrate the roof membrane, and special thin 2-mm/0.08 inch, single-layer toughened solar glass from Ducatt NV that provides improved break resistance and industry’s highest light transparency (95 per cent vs. 91 per cent achieved with thicker low-iron solar glass) and therefore offers greater energy conversion per unit area.  

COSMOS module technology is applicable for roof- or ground-mounted solar arrays as well as building-integrated PV (BIPV) modules and can easily be implemented in all existing PV module factories.

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