Atlas® Material Testing Technology LLC & Underwriters Laboratories to Host Asian Conference on Product Durability and Performance for the Solar Energy Market

Chicago, IL - Atlas Material Testing Technology and Underwriters Laboratories are pleased to announce dates for PV Durability Asia. This technical conference will take place on December 7-8, 2010, at the Crowne Plaza Century Park Shanghai Hotel, China. Presenters will focus on the latest developments, research and innovative approaches to address environmental durability, performance and service life of materials, components and PV modules as well as compliance and certification testing. Topics will be relevant to module manufacturers as well as to those in the supply chain.

The Asian solar energy market has grown tremendously in the last few years. Various materials such as glass, plastics, polymers, sealants, and metals are used to build PV modules, concentrating dishes and other systems to convert solar into thermal or electrical energy. These systems are typically expected to last 20, 30, or even 40 years. Appropriate accelerated testing of the long-term durability of these components as well as the complete solar systems is crucial in product development, quality control, and certification and testing.

Speakers will include:

Dr. Sarah Kurtz, National Renewable Laboratory (NREL) USA
Mr. Michael Köhl, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) Germany
Mr. William Gambogi, DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions, USA
Dr. Xiaohong Gu, National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) USA
Dr. Crystal Vanderpan, Underwriters Laboratories, USA
Mr. Allen Zielnik, Atlas MTT LLC, USA
Mr. Liwang Jiang, Yangzhou Yangjie Electronic Technology Co. Ltd., China
Dr. Werner Hermann, TÜV, Rhineland, Germany
Mr. Liang Ji, UL Underwriters Laboratories, USA
Ms. Wei Feng, SGEPRI, China
Dr. Jacob Zhang, Atlas MTT LLC, USA
Mr. Hung-Sen Wu, Industrial Technology Research Institute, Taiwan
Mr. Johnson Hsu, TA Instruments-Waters LLC, China
Dr. Murray Cameron, European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) and Phoenix Solar AG

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Atlas® Material Testing Technology LLC is a recognized leader in material testing, offering a complete line of instruments and services for accelerated and natural weathering. The Atlas Consulting Group helps clients develop the best weathering processes for their products, as well as offers education and training courses worldwide. For accelerated laboratory and outdoor testing, Atlas Weathering Services Group has five laboratories and over 20 outdoor exposure sites around the world in a variety of climates, including desert, subtropical, high-altitude and corrosive. Atlas Material Testing Technology is ISO 17025 and ISO 9001:2008 registered. Atlas products are designed and manufactured to conform to international, national and industry standard test methods including ISO, ASTM, DIN, JIS and numerous others. For further information, visit:

Underwriters Laboratories® is an independent product safety certification organization that has been testing products and writing Standards for Safety for more than a century. UL evaluates more than 19,000 types of products, components, materials and systems from more than 66,000 manufacturers each year. In total, there are more than 20 billion UL Marks appearing on products worldwide. UL's global family of companies and network of service providers includes 120 laboratory, testing and certification facilities serving customers in 102 countries. For more information, visit:

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