EINDHOVEN, THE NETHERLANDS â€“ On February 16, during ceremonies on theÂ Eindhoven High Tech Campus, TULiPPS Solar B.V. won the 2012 Dutch SolarÂ Innovation Awards (https://www.dutchsolarawards.nl/overons.html) in the IndustrialÂ Development category. Organized by Dutch Solar Magazine, the first Dutch SolarÂ Awards is a juried competition designed to showcase the best of the Netherlandsâ€™Â solar energy sector by recognizing innovation in several awards categories. JuryÂ members who decided the Industrial Development category are all long-time solarÂ industry professionals.
With a significant amount of the worldâ€™s solar photovoltaic (PV) modules currentlyÂ produced on Dutch equipment, the Netherlands are well represented in the world ofÂ solar. The Industry Development category recognizes a company that excels inÂ achieving an industrial innovation (realized in calendar year 2011) that advances theÂ progress of industry and the solar market on a global scale. The other threeÂ award categories this year included: Project Development, Young Solar, and SolarÂ Thesis.
In awarding TULiPPS with its prestigious award, Jury President, Prof. Dr. Wim Sinke,Â who is also Program Development manager-Solar Energy at the Energy ResearchÂ Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) as well as chairman of the European PhotovoltaicÂ Technology Platform said, â€œThe jury selected TULiPPS Solar because the companyÂ ranked highest in a number of criteria. We were impressed by the owner, PaulÂ Stassenâ€™s incredible persistence in moving this company and its technology forward.
He has put together a unique multidisciplinary consortium with a remarkable numberÂ of partners whose expertise in solar, roofing, glass, composites, and evenÂ automotive have helped TULiPPS completely redesign the solar module. They haveÂ designed a new product from scratch, but have used proven technology that existsÂ today even if itâ€™s not so well known or so visible in the solar industry, and it isÂ broadly deployable. They are an excellent example of the kind of â€˜out-of-the-boxÂ thinkingâ€™ that will move our industry forward.â€
About the win, Stassen, managing director of TULiPPS and inventor of the uniqueÂ technology platform that was honored at the awards said, â€œOh, this feels so greatÂ because this is the first time the Dutch Solar Awards have been given and this isÂ such a dream come true to receive this level of recognition for a young companyÂ like ours. I truly could not have done so much so fast if not for my reallyÂ excellent development partners. I owe thanks to RESIN (Products & Technology)Â B.V., QolorTech B.V., and voestalpine Plastics Solutions for their invaluable help withÂ resin formulation and test molding. I congratulate Ducatt N.V. and LiSEC Group forÂ their amazing breakthrough in ultrathin, toughened solar glass. Oskomera SolarÂ Power Solutions B.V. and IBC Solar B.V. were critical in helping me understand theÂ issues facing this industry. BPO provided all the design and engineering on myÂ modules. Thanks also go to Solar Modules Nederland for producing my first panelsÂ and to Kiwa N.V. who tested them and let us know how remarkable theirÂ performance was. Financial support from the Province of Noord-Brabant andÂ business assistance from the Brabantse Ontwikkelingsmaatschappij have been veryÂ helpful. I also wish to thank all the members of my advisory board and, of course,Â members of my family, who have been tireless supporters during many longÂ workdays these past two years.â€
New patent-pending COSMOS module technology from TULiPPS Solar B.V. â€“ inÂ standard 72- and larger 120-cell configurations â€“ has carefully been designed toÂ address deficiencies with conventional PV systems in order to bring greater value toÂ all members of the solar PV supply chain â€“ from the PV module manufacturers andÂ module installation companies to building owners and investors. Developed inÂ partnership with leading companies in the automotive composites, roofing, glass,Â and PV industries, the modules reduce weight, production costs, installation timeÂ and maintenance, as well as increase revenues, and lower system costs (Watt-peakÂ installed) for the next generation of solar PV modules. Key to the success of theÂ system is the combination of tough but lightweight automotive-grade composites, aÂ frameless support system with plug-â€²n-play functionality, a proven roof-anchorÂ system that does not penetrate the roof membrane, and special thin 2-mm/0.08Â inch, single-layer toughened solar glass from Ducatt N.V. that provides improvedÂ break resistance and industryâ€™s highest light transparency (95% vs. 91% achievedÂ with thicker low-iron solar glass) and therefore offers greater energy conversion perÂ unit area. COSMOS module technology is applicable for roof- or ground-mountedÂ solar arrays as well as building-integrated PV (BIPV) modules and can easily beÂ implemented in all existing PV module factories.
For more Information, see: https://www.tulipps.com/, or eMail: [email protected] orÂ phone: +31 (0) 40.7516.290, or mail: TULiPPS Solar B.V., High Tech Campus 9,5656 AE Eindhoven, The Netherlands.
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