Safety first; Onyx Solar is committed to delivering high-quality products only, which meet international standards, codes, and safety guidelines. Accordingly, its production process has been verified by independent certifying bodies.
UL is one of several companies approved to perform safety testing by the U.S. federal agency Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). More of 50 products have been passed their certifications, thereby making Onyx Solar the leader in safety photovoltaic glass in the US.
Onyx Solar’s crystalline and amorphous Silicon glass have been UL-1703 & ULC/ORD-C1703 listed: “Standard for Flat-Plate Photovoltaic Modules and Panels” standard. This is a milestone in this industry since no company had been able to certify extra-large and semi-transparent PV Glass to this standard before.
The International Electrotechnical Commission is an international standards organization that prepares and publishes International Standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies. More of 50 photovoltaic products passed their security and quality controls, including our both types of PV glass (Crystalline and Amorphous) and our factory. It is a record in the photovoltaic glass industry. No other company at photovoltaic glass has more product tested with optimal results.
TÜV NORD laboratories has certified Onyx Solar’s factory and crystalline glass according to the IEC standard “Crystalline Silicon Terrestrial Photovoltaic (PV) Modules - Design Qualification and Type Approval”, and to IEC61730 2011:1&2 standard “Photovoltaic (PV) module safety qualification - -Part 1: Requirements for construction & Part 2: Requirements for testing”.
UL laboratories have certified Onyx Solar's amorphous photovoltaic glass according to IEC 61646 "Thin-film terrestrial photovoltaic (PV) modules – Design qualification and type approval," and IEC IEC 61646 "Photovoltaic (PV) module safety qualification." To IEC 61730-1:2004+AMD1:2011+AMD2:2013 standard “Photovoltaic (PV) module safety qualification - -Part 1: Requirements for construction & Part 2: Requirements for testing”
safety standards as architectural glass
In order to prove how the product properly follows the most stringent safety standards in construction, required for architectural glass, Tecnalia lab has tested our crystalline and amorphous silicon laminated glass in accordance with the requirements set by the UNE-EN 14449:2006 standard: “Glass in building - Laminated glass and laminated safety glass - Evaluation of conformity/Product”; this is a benchmark standard in the field of architectural glass for building integration. All tests turned to be a great success.
Among the most notorious tests, those on impact resistance (UNE-EN 12600:2003 standard) stood out, with the products achieving the highest ratings.
Tests for resistance to manual attack (UNE-EN 356:2001 standard) have also been conducted; amorphous Silicon glass got a P4A rating. Awesome!
Another important test has undergone measures resistance to extreme climatic conditions (UNE-EN ISO 12543-4:2011 standard), keeping the glass exposed to extreme humidity conditions. After the test, our PV Glass preserved its lamination quality.
| Temperature Cycling Test (TC200): |
200 cycles of temperature from -40ºC to + 85 ºC.
| Humidity Test (HF10): |
10 cycles of humidity-freezing as 10 cycles of +85 ºC
following by freezing stage as 85% relative humidity at -40ªC.
| Damp Heat test (DHT1000): |
1000 hours at + 85 ºC. And 85% relative humidity.
|Mechanical Loading Test: |
Our system can support up to a tested load of 5400 Pa (540 kg/m2). The deflection of the system (structure and glass) is below L/240 where L is equal to the clear span length in feet of the deflected member.
|Light soaking Test: |
Ice ball in diameter 25 mm at 23 m/s, directed against 11 points of impact.
|Hail test: |
Exposure to light cycles from 600 W-1000 W/sqm until the maximum power of the given units stabilized at +/-2%.
|Class A on fire safety: |
Highest rating in fire safety standards. Test standard - ASTM E84-16: Standard Test Method for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building materials. Flame Spread index 25; Smoke-developed index 180.
Integrated Management System
The company has deployed in its production process an Integrated Management System that has obtained the several certifications according to the ISO 9001:2005 standard (Quality Management), and the ISO 14001:2015 standard (Environmental management).
For more information, check out our Quality and Environmental Policy.
All these milestones demonstrate Onyx Solar’s leadership in photovoltaic glass for buildings.