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INTERNATIONAL NEWS IBC SOLAR to offer solar cables that comply with new European standards IBC SOLAR AG has announced that it had the IBC FlexiSun solar cable in its portfolio for more than ten years. The latest version of the all-purpose solar cable, which is buriable and produced in Bavaria, meets the new standard EN 50618. IBC SOLAR is therefore currently the only system service provider in Germany that offers solar cables that comply with the new European standard. IBC SOLAR is also increasing the duration of the solar cable’s warranty to up to ten years. For more than ten years, IBC FlexiSun has been used to ensure a consistently good system output and reliable yields from photovoltaic systems in all climate zones around the world. With 30 years life expectancy the solar cable is one of the most durable products available on the market. This is also evident from practical experiences from the past decade: no defect attributable to a material weakness has been documented as affecting any of the 80,000 kilometres of IBC FlexiSun sold to date. This has prompted IBC SOLAR to provide the solar cable with a ten-year-long product warranty as standard, one of the longest warranties on the market. Complying with the latest standards The latest generation of IBC FlexiSun solar cables meets the new European EN 50618 standard. This standard regulates the features, requirements and use of cables and wires designed for photovoltaic systems. The aim is to make sure that PV cables conform to a consistent quality standard at a European level. IBC SOLAR is the first system service provider in Germany that offers solar cables of this standard. The new IBC FlexiSun has already been certified as a standard cable by the VDE. In addition to this, TÜV certification is issued. As is the case with all IBC SOLAR products, the quality of IBC FlexiSun is ensured by constant inspections carried out by production partners. Buriable and durable IBC SOLAR also uses tried and tested product features in the latest generation IBC FlexiSun. Unlike many other solar cables, it can be buried underground. This eliminates the costly procedure of laying empty conduits to provide cable protection, especially when constructing large-scale open-space projects. Long cable life is ensured through its verified resistance to water, ammonia and abrasion. IBC FlexiSun is also an ideal and durable choice for roof-mounted systems – it can be used in all climate zones and can be laid at temperatures as low as -15 degrees Celsius thanks to its high temperature tolerance. Additionally there is available a completely new cable type coated with tinned copper mesh. This coating effectively protects the cable from being chewed by rodents. The new IBC FlexiSun will be available by the end of January 2016 and can be purchased from IBC SOLAR Premium Partners worldwide. TÜV SÜD celebrates its 150th anniversary TÜV SÜD has announced that it will be celebrating the company’s 150th anniversary in 2016, and also – as the oldest TÜV organisation – 150 years of technical safety in Germany. On 6 January 1866, 22 companies in the Baden region of Germany established the Mannheim based Association for the Inspection and Insurance of Steam Boilers (Gesellschaft zur Ueberwachung und Versicherung von Dampfkesseln mit dem Sitze in Mannheim). The decision to establish the association grew out of a disaster that had taken place roughly one year earlier at Aktienbrauerei, a Mannheim-based brewery. The mission of the association was to carry out regular steam-boiler inspections to prevent accidents. The idea caught on, and the establishment of the Mannheim association marked the birth of technical inspection in Germany. Today TÜV SÜD has more than 22,600 employees and a global network of operations – while remaining true to its roots. The company applies high-calibre expertise to test technologies and products and ensure they are reliable, safe and sustainable. The idea of third-party technical testing and inspection quickly caught on. Striking a balance between technological progress and people’s desire to feel safe and secure became a societal need. Soon after 1866, further steam boiler inspection associations (Dampfkesselrevisionsvereine) were established: in 1870 in Munich, in 1873 in Frankfurt and Offenbach, in 1875 in Stuttgart and in 1878 in Chemnitz, for example. These regional organisations form the foundation of today’s TÜV SÜD Group and its global network of operations, which owes its present strength and position to numerous mergers and acquisitions over the past two decades. A strategy that the company will follow consistently in 2016, its anniversary year. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Axel Stepken, Chairman of the Board of Management of TÜV SÜD AG, emphasises: “In Germany, the idea of technical safety was born with foundation of the Mannheim-based association in 1866. Our company’s mission has remained the same ever since: By applying technical expertise, TÜV SÜD makes technology safe, reliable and sustainable, thus ensuring its acceptance by the public throughout the world. Our activities ensure that people can trust in technology – and that customers can trust in their suppliers, even though they may be thousands of kilometres apart.“ 18 energetica INDIA · JAN | FEB16


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