Tuesday, April 26, 2011

BioSolar Launches BioBacksheet Volume Sampling Program

SANTA CLARITA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--BioSolar, Inc. (OTCBB: BSRC), developer of a breakthrough technology to produce bio-based materials from renewable plant sources that reduce the cost of photovoltaic (PV) solar modules, reported that the company recently launched a volume sampling program intended to shorten the preparation time for PV panel manufacturers prior to submitting their PV panels for Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) certification or recertification under UL1703.

The BioBacksheet product has officially obtained UL material certification, and a long term test by UL to determine the relative thermal index (RTI) of the material is in progress. After RTI determination, PV manufacturers can then submit their full BioBacksheet solar panel for further certification. BioSolar’s volume sampling program enables manufacturers to start preparing their panels for certification early, thus allowing them to submit completed PV panel samples for UL certification more quickly.

“After confirmation of our UL material certification in February, there has been a surge in interest from PV panel manufacturers around the world that want to use BioBacksheet in their solar panels,” said Dr. Stanley Levy, Chief Technology Officer of BioSolar. “We have been busy fulfilling manufacturers’ requests for modest quantities of samples for internal testing.”

Dr. Levy commented further, “The results from the small sample testing have been very positive and manufacturers are now asking for larger quantities for use in their commercial production lines. This will reduce the time it takes to produce commercial quantities of BioBacksheet based solar panels after full panel UL certification. We anticipate that full panel UL certification will be merely procedural for the majority of manufacturers after UL publishes the preliminary RTI value for BioBacksheet.”

The company reports that a number of PV panel manufacturers are currently taking advantage of the volume sampling program and have started preparing their solar panels with BioBacksheet.