IRW-Press: Qsolar Provides Update On TUV SUD And TUV SUD UL Certification Process



Published on 14 May 2014


by Press Office

(IRW-PRESS and WireNews+Co)

Vienna, Austria

QSolar Limited ("QSolar" or the "Corporation") (CSE:QSL, FSE:Q2O)  is pleased to provide an update pursuant to its December 17, 2013 and January 7, 2014 news releases regarding the development of the QSS solar module range of products and shipping of QSS250W solar modules to the independent TUV SUD contract laboratory in the United States for certification testing.

The Corporation has incorporated recommendations made in January 2014 by TUV SUD and undertaken these development enhancements to the product over the last number of months as it believes the enhancements will provide a unique marketing opportunity specifically available in the United States but also available in other countries. This is in addition to QSolar's unique product features related to its light weight and durability.

The purpose of the testing is to obtain TUV SUD UL1703 certification, CSA UL Mark, including IFE CSA audit, fire test, TUV SUD IEC61215 and IEC61730 certification, and universal CB report and certificate for access for country specific certifications. The Corporation reports that TUV SUD, (Jiangsu TUV Product Service Ltd., Shanghai Branch)("TUV SUD"), which is conducting the above testing certifications and associated testing procedures, continues to work and communicate closely with the Corporation.

In January 2014, based on observations made during some of the initial tests, TUV SUD provided the Corporation with some preliminary recommendations for the product being enhanced that the Corporation determined could also be incorporated into a marketing strategy that could provide further significant benefits to solar panel installers aside from the products' main features. The enhanced modifications on the corner protection and framing that is lightweight and non-conductive were made, resulting in no electrical grounding requirement. This major improvement will ultimately result in significant savings in installation time and costs for installers wiring the system by not requiring an electrical ground.

The Corporation spent the last number of months sourcing and testing materials for the enhanced modifications described above. It has subsequently retested the enhancements in its Shanghai facility and also retested specific simulated TUV SUD testing requirements on the enhanced modules in a number of independent Chinese testing facilities dependent on the test undertaken to be simulated. During this period, discussions also occurred with TUV SUD on modifications to certification testing protocols that were originally designed for photovoltaic ("PV") glass solar panels that would not or do not apply for PV non-glass panels.

The United States testing facility recommenced testing under this project with the enhanced modules on or about May 2, 2014 after QSolar arranged further documentation and undertakings, for specific clearance by both Chinese custom authorities for exportation and United States custom authorities for importation due to Chinese and United States trade issues regarding solar panels and cells. The Corporation's best estimate for testing results continues to be 45-60 days from recommencement of testing by TUV SUD.

"The Corporation anticipates receiving the test results from TUV SUD by the end of June 2014," stated Mr. Preston Maddin, Chief Financial Officer.

Testing protocols for the certification of PV solar panels has not changed materially since the introduction of PV solar panels in the 1950's and these protocols have been designed for PV glass solar panels. The certification process was designed around the main components always used by all PV manufacturers, except QSolar, for the manufacturing of solar panels, being, glass, EVA (a thermal adhesive), Tedlar (a composite back-sheet), and an aluminum frame. The test protocols were designed to test performance, safety, reliability, durability and to stress and test these materials to their limit, and to be able to certify them within a reasonable tolerance. In approximately the last 60 years, there has not been a PV manufacturer that has produced a solar panel using any different materials than described above. In fact, all manufacturers are using almost exactly the same materials, designs, equipment and processes in every respect. The only main differentiation is price.

QSolar, however, has introduced significant disruptive changes in the PV sector, in that QSolar does not use any of the standard materials of glass, EVA and Tedlar. QSolar PV solar panels and products are based on the trade secret proprietary Spraytek99 compound that replaces all the standard materials described above for PV glass panels. QSolar panels exhibit significant advantages over glass panels including extremely high impact strength, estimated to be 10 times that of glass, are lighter, thinner, have no exposed metal parts and therefore require no grounding, and are made with a variety of back-sheets with superior heat performance characteristics.

It is due to the above explanation and these significant material differences, that the Corporation has spent a considerable amount of financial resources, time and effort, explaining, discussing and negotiating acceptable testing protocols for PV non-glass solar panels. The Corporation believes that the certification tests designed and imposed by TUV SUD now takes into account the completely different properties and performance of its non-glass panels compared to traditional glass panels, while at the same time meet the required results required for TUV SUD and TUV SUD UL certification. In view of the differences in the QSolar technology to standard glass panel technology and the disruptive nature of Spraytek99, the certification testing process has taken more time than the Corporation had anticipated as it deals with testing protocol issues required for the certification of standard glass panels, and instances where the glass panel tests are straightforward and been used for many years.

About QSolar Limited

QSolar trades under the symbol QSL on the Canadian Securities Exchange ("CSE") and Q2O on the Frankfurt Securities Exchange ("FSE"). QSolar Limited (http://www.qsolar.net) and its wholly-owned subsidiary, QSolar Ltd., and its wholly-owned subsidiary, QSolar (Shanghai) Photovoltaic Technology Co. Ltd., develop proprietary trade secret solar related processes and technologies, and manufacture and sell proprietary solar products. The Corporation currently manufactures solar photovoltaic (PV) panels in Shanghai, China using its proprietary trade secret Spraytek and ESS process and its own QLite and QSS family designs. QSolar Spraytek panels offer several advantages over competing products as they have significantly lower losses in hot climates due to their design, offer superior solar cell encapsulation for better protection, significant weight savings and durability features over existing competitors PV modules.

Additional information on the operations or financial results of QSolar Limited are included in reports on file with applicable securities regulatory authorities and may be accessed through the CSE website (www.cnsx.ca) and Sedar website (www.sedar.com) under the profile for QSolar.

Neither the CSE nor the FSE have approved nor disapproved the contents of this press release. Neither the CSE nor the FSE accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements contained in this news release constitute forward looking statements. The use of any of the words "anticipate", "continue", "estimate", "expect", 'may", "will", "project", "should", 'believe", and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumption but no assurance can be given that these expectations will prove to be correct and the forward-looking statements included in this news release should not be unduly relied upon.

Various risks and other factors could cause actual results, and actual events that occur, to differ materially from those contemplated by the forward looking statements, such as whether QSolar is able to meet price, performance, quality and delivery requirements.  Although QSolar believes that the expectations represented by any forward-looking statements and forward-looking information contained herein are reasonable based on the information available to them on the date of this document, management cannot assure investors that actual results, performance or achievements will be consistent with these forward-looking statements or forward-looking information. QSolar undertakes no obligation to update the information in this press release to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events.


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Posted 2014-05-14 10:11:00