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Ulbrich Solar Technologies and Heraeus Photovoltaics Launch New Product- Selectively Coated Ribbon (SCR™)

Posted: September 24, 2018 9:01 AM EST

Ulbrich Solar Technologies and Heraeus Photovoltaics have launched an advanced interconnect product called Selectively Coated Ribbon (SCR™).  This “plug and play” ribbon can be integrated into existing stringing equipment, and result in additional power gain for module manufactures. 

MULLENDORF, Austria – September 24, 2018 – Ulbrich Solar Technologies, global leader in the production of PV ribbon products for traditional solder, hybrid solder and conductive adhesive technologies, and Heraeus Photovoltaics, a leading technology solution provider for the renewable energy industry, have announced a joint manufacturing and sales partnership.  Under this agreement, Ulbrich will manufacture and the bring to market the new Heraeus line of patented advanced Selectively Coated Ribbons (SCR™) to the PV module manufacturing market.  This innovative product uses coated ribbons to deliver increased power gain, while allowing module manufactures to utilize their existing equipment.

PV Ribbons play an integral part of the module manufacturing process, as they are the mechanism that connects and transmits current between crystalline silicon solar cells, and eventually out of the module.  The Heraeus Selectively Coated Ribbon (SCR™) represents a breakthrough with its unique design. While traditional PV ribbons typically have a solder coating on them, the Heraeus SCR™ is a tabbing ribbon designed with stripes of highly-reflective white coating running across its edges, with the solder coating in the middle. As a result, the new design delivers significant improvements in performance, including:

  • A power gain of up to 2.2 watts on module level;
  • No capital investment required: the Heraeus SCR™ is designed as a “plug and play” solution that easily integrates into the existing manufacturing process without additional equipment;
  • All relevant soldering technologies tested and compatibility with different stringers proven;
  • Reliability tests have been successfully completed: TCT400 passed and 240 kWh/m² UV-DH passed;
  • Versatility to works on conventional module designs as well as modules made with half-cut cells and bifacial modules.

Peter Berghofer, the General Manager of Ulbrich of Austria GmbH, said, “The requirements for new products in the module manufacturing process are very demanding. New products need to be cost competitive, innovative and reliable. The new SCR fulfils those expectations by increasing the power of every single module without any investment or additional effort for the module manufacturers. We expect this product to be a real game changer in module manufacturing.” Dr. Weiming Zhang, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Heraeus Photovoltaics, added, “Solutions like our Selectively Coated Ribbons are another example of why we invest so heavily into IP. This partnership with Ulbrich will help us bring this innovation to market quickly so the industry can continue to make solar the most efficient and important renewable energy source.”

Heraeus announced that Ulbrich will initially sell its Selectively Coated Ribbons in Europe, Russia, Turkey, the Middle East, Mexico and the United States. Sampling to key customers will begin starting in September 2018, with several hundred megawatts of module manufacturing projected to be supported by 2019.

About Ulbrich Solar Technologies

Ulbrich Solar Technologies continues to be a world leader in PV Ribbon products that interconnect and transmit current for crystalline solar cells and thin film.  For decades, we have supplied the Solar Industry with our tinned flat copper wire, continually identifying emerging PV Ribbon technologies and engineering innovative solutions to increase the electrical output and performance of solar modules.

Our Research Team and Applications Engineers develop customized products and processes that supply cost-effective solutions to module manufacturers around the globe.

Ulbrich’s PV Ribbon products include the following:

  • Interconnect Wire & Solar Cell Tabbing including LCR™ (Light Capturing Ribbon) – Wire that connects and transmits current between crystalline silicon solar cells
  • Bus Wire for Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells – Collects and transmits current from tabbing and interconnect wire to the junction box
  • Bus Wire for Thin Film – Transmits the current from the thin film modules and internal connection to the junction box
  • Thin Film Substrates – Metal Foils used for thin film substrates

Our PV Ribbon products are rolled burr-free and 100% solder coated, ensuring perfect protection against corrosion or interaction with PV module encapsulants.  Our state of the art facilities are located in North America and Europe.

Media Contacts

Peter Berghofer

General Manager

Ulbrich Solar Technologies – Austria

p: +43 2682 61897 30

c: +43 664 885 197 30

PBerghofer@ulbrich.com

 

Ulbrich Solar Technologies, Inc., Announces ISO 9001:2008 Certification for PV Ribbon Manufacturing Facility in Hillsboro, Oregon

Posted: Feb 24, 2015 6:35 AM EST

Ulbrich Solar’s Newest PV Ribbon Manufacturing Facility, Supplying Solar Cell Tabbing, Interconnect Wire, and Bus Wire To Solar Module Manufacturers, Achieves ISO 9001:2008 Certification.

Westminster, South Carolina, USA (PRWEB) February 24, 2015

Ulbrich Solar Technologies, Inc., is pleased to announce that Ulbrich Solar Technologies, Inc., of Hillsboro, Oregon, has successfully passed their ISO 9001:2008 Registration Audit. The Lead Auditor from ABS-QE (ISO 9001 Registrar) has recommended the Oregon facility for registration to the ISO 9001:2008 Standard. There were no non-conformances or observations issued in the final audit report. The auditor recognized the management commitment, continuous improvement activities, quality culture, and a well-documented QMS for effective implementation of USTO Quality System.

Achieving ISO certification for our Oregon facility represents an affirmation of our commitment for providing high-quality PV Ribbon products to our customers. It also promotes a culture of quality awareness and continuous improvement at every level in our organization. With this milestone, the team at Ulbrich’s Oregon facility is excited to be a value-added supplier for the Solar Industry, commented Naeem Muhammad, Quality Engineer.

Ulbrich Solar Technologies, Inc., is headquartered in Westminster, South Carolina, with locations in Hillsboro, Oregon, and Müllendorf, Austria. Ulbrich Solar is a globally recognized leader in the PV Ribbon Industry and their products include; solar cell tabbing, interconnect wire, bus ribbon, pre-formed/cut bus ribbon, and thin film substrates. Ulbrich also offers LCR (Light-Capturing Ribbon), an innovative ‘grooved’ interconnect wire, that reflects more light onto the surface of a cell, increasing module output by up to 3% over traditional ribbon.

For more information on LCR and our entire family of PV Ribbon products and services visit us at www.pvribbon.com

Press Contact:
Ryan Cei
Solar@Ulbrich.com

Sales:
Ed Treglia
Solar@ulbrich.com

 

Ulbrich Solar Technologies, Inc., Is Awarded Top Technology Award By Solarworld AG

Ulbrich Solar Technologies, Inc., was awarded the Top Technology Award by Solarworld AG for excellence in the development of new solder strips and technical support efforts during implementation.

Westminster, SC (PRWEB) May 26, 2014  The Solarworld award acknowledging Ulbrich Solar’s service and performance was presented to PeterBerghofer, General Manager and Karin Brosch, Manager Sales & Marketing, Ulbrich of Austria. Solarworld recognized Ulbrich’s excellence in developing new soldering strips for solar cells and providing local technical support when these strips were introduced into their manufacturing lines. The awards were presented to only 4 of their 3000+ suppliers and recognized all of the Ulbrich Solar facilities.

Ulbrich Solar Technologies boasts three locations, with two in the US and one in Austria. As a world leader in the production of PV Ribbon products for traditional solder, hybrid solder and conductive adhesive technologies, Ulbrich partners with leading Solar Module Manufacturers around the globe to provide state-of-the art module solutions.

From the left: Dr. Holger Neuhaus, Managing Director of Solarworld Innovations GmbH, Karin Brosch, Sales and Marketing Manager, Ulbrich of Austria GmbH, Dr. h.c. Frank Asbeck, CEO and founder SolarWorld AG, Peter Berghofer, General Manager, Ulbrich of Austria GmbH, Gary Starr, Vice President Procurement, Solarworld USA, Daniel Menzel, Director of Global Procurement, Solarworld Ag

“Ulbrich has always been on the cutting-edge of PV ribbon technology, with over twenty years of experience in the Industry. Our team of innovators and engineers develop the individualized solutions that today’s module makers require. Our ability to create engineered products tailored to each customer’s specifications and provide on-site technical assistance, proves us invaluable to the top solar module manufacturers for both crystalline silicon and thin film solutions. We are proud to be recognized by Solarworld AG for our partnership and dedication to providing the best PV Ribbon products and service in the Industry,” commented Ed Treglia, Vice President, Ulbrich Solar Technologies, Inc.

Ulbrich Solar Technologies, Inc., is headquartered in Westminster South Carolina. Their products include; solar cell tabbing, interconnect wire, bus ribbon, pre-formed/cut bus ribbon, and thin film substrates. Ulbrich also offers LCR™ (Light-Capturing Ribbon), an innovative ‘grooved’ interconnect wire, that reflects more light onto the surface a cell, increasing output by up to 3% over traditional flat ribbon.

For more information on LCR™ and our entire family of PV Ribbon products contact us here:

Ulbrich Solar Technologies, Inc.
692 Plant Road
Westminster SC 29693
Tel: 864.647.6087
Fax: 864.647.0482

http://www.PVRibbon.com

Supplier_Award_2014_web

Solarworld AG, headquartered in Bonn, Germany, produces and sells solar power solutions, world-wide and can be contacted at http://www.solarworld.de.

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New PV Ribbon Developed for Improved Performance with Conductive Adhesives, Films, Pastes, Tapes and Hybrid Solder

Ulbrich Solar Technologies, Inc., announces volume production of interconnect ribbon products for solar module manufacturers using non-solder and hybrid-solder technologies

Westminster, SC, Sept 18, 2013: Ulbrich Solar Technologies, Inc., a world leader in the innovation and production of PV Ribbon products, announces the newest additions to their family of solar cell interconnect wire designed specifically for use with conductive adhesives applications. Easybond-XP™ (silver plated) and EasyBond-SP™ (tin plated) have been created for use with multiple forms of non-solder or hybrid solder technologies including liquid adhesives, pastes, tapes and low melting solder/resins.

The Easybond™ family of interconnect ribbon is engineered to meet each module manufacturers unique specifications. Ed Treglia, Vice President of Ulbrich Solar Technologies, added, “We developed these new PVribbon products for module manufacturers pioneering new adhesive methods and products. Our goal is to provide our customers with a lower cost, high value product that improves their manufacturing processes, lowers cell breakage and maximizes module power output.”

Easybond™ joins the family high performance PV Ribbon options including the innovative LCR line of’ grooved’ ribbon, recognized for its ability to capture more light than standard ‘smooth’ ribbon. Easybond™ is offered as a value alternative to LCR™ while maintaining critical features such as low yield strengths, tightly controlled camber, precision winding and vacuum packed spools. The new interconnect wire is offered in a variety of copper base alloys and multiple plating options including silver and tin. Easybond™ is produced in thicknesses up to .35mm and 6mm wide and is now available in full production quantities.

Ulbrich Solar Technologies, Inc., is headquartered in Westminster, South Carolina. UST offers two facilities in the US and one is Europe. The Ulbrich family of companies has been dedicated for over 20 years to providing highly engineered photovoltaic ribbon including solar cell tabbing, interconnect wire, bus ribbon, and thin film substrates to solar module manufacturers around the globe.

Visit us at EU PVSEC, October 1-3, Paris, at booth 1G11 or at Solar Power International, Chicago, October 21-24, at Booth 231.

For More Information on the EasyBond™ or LCR™ Family of Products Contact:

 

Petri Nordling

Ulbrich Solar Technologies, Inc.

692 Plant Road

Westminster SC 29693

Tel: 864.647.6087

Fax: 864.647.0482

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For Immediate Release

PVRibbon.com Goes Live

Ulbrich Solar Technologies Launches New Website-December 2012

Ulbrich Solar Technologies, Incorporated (UST) is pleased to announce the launch of the new PVRibbon.com.  The new website gives a detailed and comprehensive view of Ulbrich Solar’s products  and services.  UST’s product line used in the manufacture of solar modules includes photovoltaic ribbon for both crystalline silicon and thin film technologies. The new website offers customers extensive product information and datasheets for Solar Cell Tabbing, Bus Wire, Substrates and LCR™.  LCR™ is an innovative, grooved interconnect wire that can increase module efficiency by up to 2%.  It was developed in conjunction with Emanual Sachs of MIT and is also featured in a two minute video presentation.

The website boasts a clean, modern theme designed to be visually pleasing and easy to navigate. In addition  to the product- focused content the site offers , a multi-language tool bar offering translations into multiple languages, a glossary of photovoltaic terms, testing information on PV wire, downloads of brochures, as well as company certifications.

Ulbrich Solar Technologies, Inc., is a spin-off of Ulbrich Stainless Steels and Special Metals, Inc., and its’ products include highly engineered photovoltaic ribbon wire produced in facilities in the US, Asia and Europe.  UST is headquartered in Westminster, South Carolina and is an ISO certified company.

For Immediate Release

Contact: Becky WaldenPhone: +011.864.647.6087 August 25, 2011

 

Ulbrich Solar Technologies has begun high volume production of their super-efficient PV ribbon product, Light-Capturing Ribbon™ (LCR)

LCR Schematic

LCR ™ Schematic

Ulbrich’s revolutionary Light-Capturing Ribbon™ (LCR), a photovoltaic ribbon product, is produced and sold under a license agreement with 1366 Technologies. The grooved interconnect ribbon’s unique design enables module makers to achieve approximately 2% or more module power output gain.  The improved efficiency is achieved by “recapturing” the light that normally leaves the module after striking the surface of standard ribbon.

 

The LCR product began development in 2007. Recent advances in its design and manufacturing have enabled Ulbrich to mass produce and commercialize this leading edge solar ribbon product. Additional advances in the use of conductive films and adhesives as a reliable means of attaching ribbons to cells make LCR a compelling option for module makers. These improvements solve the challenge in attaching the “solder-less” LCR to the solar cell.

 

Ulbrich has also developed the capability to selectively apply solder only on the bottom (flat) side of the ribbon.  This capability gives customers the ability to achieve the benefits of LCR while continuing to use solder connections on one side.

 

“We’ve just completed installation of a second LCR production line at our South Carolina facility, and we have plans to expand capacity further to our facilities in Europe and Asia in 2012-2013,” commented Don Hennon, newly appointed Director of Global Sales & Marketing.

 

Ulbrich Solar Technologies, Inc. is headquartered in Westminster, South Carolina. Ulbrich Solar Technologies is dedicated to providing world class photovoltaic ribbon, interconnect wire, bus ribbon and solar tabbing to solar module makers.

 

www.pvribbon.com

 

 

Photovoltaic Ribbon is Focus of Ulbrich’s New Solar Group — Ulbrich Solar Technologies, Inc.

Ulbrich launches Ulbrich Solar Technologies, Inc., a premier photovoltaic ribbon producer with worldwide facilities.

Photovoltaic Ribbon for Solar Cell Tabbing

PV Ribbon on Spools

Quote start“We believe this dedicated focus to our PV products will prove beneficial to our customers while allowing us to keep up with the velocity of change in the solar industry,” commented Chris Ulbrich COO.Quote end

Westminster, SC (PRWEB) August 16, 2011

Photovoltaic Ribbon (PV Ribbon) is the focus of the newly formed holding company, Ulbrich Solar Technologies, Inc. The new company will be headquartered at its precision flat wire operation in South Carolina. It will have an increased global presence in the international solar market that includes current solar divisions operating in Austria, Hong Kong, Ireland and the U.S.A.

“We believe this dedicated focus to our PV products will prove beneficial to our customers while allowing us to keep up with the velocity of change in the solar industry,” commented Chris Ulbrich COO.

Ulbrich, with over 15 years experience in the solar industry, has been on the leading edge of design, development and distribution of plated precision copper flat wire used for solar cell tabbing, string interconnect ribbon and bus wire, including the new super- efficient Light-Capturing Ribbon™.

Ulbrich Solar Technologies, Inc.
692 Plant Road
Westminster, SC 29693 USA

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