TV Rheinland PTL helps Solarzentrum Allgu bring innovative PV-Therm hybrid module to global market

Tempe, AZ. November 9, 2011 TV Rheinland PTL (TV PTL), North America's largest solar and photovoltaic (PV) testing company, announces that Wiosun™ pv-therm (PVT) 180 Combined Heat and Power Module has earned four TV PTL's certificates, confirming that the product complies globally with the safety and quality codes required of thermal solar collectors and PV modules. The PV-Therm module is manufactured by Solarzentrum Allgu of Germany and is distributed in the U.S. and Canada by Solarzentrum North America, Inc.

TV Rheinland PTL tests and certifies systems slated for sale in the European Union, Asian and North American markets to assure that solar thermal, PV, concentrated photovoltaic, and concentrated solar power systems comply with electrical, mechanical, and environmental requirements for both product quality and product safety.

The WIOSUN PVT 180 is the world's only certified combination module to have passed TV PTL's testing according to IEC 61215:2005, IEC 61730-1:2004 and IEC 61730-2:2004, ANSI/UL 1703 and SRCC-OG 100 standards. The PV-Therm module combines the benefits of both a thermal solar collector and PV module, providing heating, cooling and electricity to a facility all at the same time. On the back, the module is fitted with a steel heat exchanger, which transports the heat away from the solar cells and allows them to produce up to 30% more electrical output. Prospective applications for this product include producing electricity and hot water for homes and businesses as well as heating pools, spas and homes.

About 70% of all solar module manufacturers have their products tested by TV Rheinland to obtain national and international market licenses. TV Rheinland operates test laboratories for solar modules and systems in six locations worldwide: Cologne, Germany; Shanghai, China; Taichung, China; Yokohama, Japan; and Bangalore, India, as well as a U.S. facility in Tempe, Arizona at TV Rheinland PTL. Hundreds of experts specializing in solar technologies work at the existing test centers.

For more information, visit or call TV Rheinland toll-free at 1-TUV-RHEINLAND (888-743-4652).

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