insulbar receives Cradle to Cradle Material Health Certificates

Photo: insulbar was awarded the Cradle to Cradle Material Health Certificate for its
sustainability. The plastic profile provides thermal separation in metal frames of
windows, doors and facades, thus increasing the energy efficiency of buildings.
Picture credits: Ensinger GmbH

Ensinger's thermal insulation profiles for metal frameworks of windows, doors and façades not only increase the energy efficiency of buildings. They also meet highest sustainability standards: tested according to the demanding criteria of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, insulbar was awarded with a Material Health Certificate at the silver level for the variant ESP. The universal insulating profile insulbar REG received gold level.

What makes a product truly sustainable? The German chemist and process engineer Prof. Dr. Michael Braungart, thought leader of the Circular Economy, has found an answer to this question: All ingredients as well as the production must be harmless with regard to the environment and health in order to support a complete return to the resource cycle. The product assessment by testing institutes such as EPEA covers the entire value chain – from cradle to cradle.

"All materials used in the product as well as their chemical constituents are scientifically evaluated in detail during the audit, repeatedly every two years," explains Dr. Michael Möller, Research and Material Development at Ensinger. "The successful certification according to the Cradle to Cradle Material Health procedure documents our commitment to innovation, transparency and sustainability – and that of our customers, who use insulbar to enhance their windows, doors and facades."

insulbar REG was awarded with gold level in the product category Material Health. The glass-fiber reinforced and extremely durable universal profile is suitable for all common metal frame profiles. Silver level in Material Health went to insulbar ESP, a special profile made of electrostatically optimized material supporting efficient powder coating. Like the Environmental Product Declaration (EPD), as already available e.g. for insulbar RE, the Cradle to Cradle Material Health Certificate allows for additional points for the certification of buildings, e.g. according to LEED.

For more information, go to the website: www.insulbar.de/en and www.c2ccertified.org

Hans Thoma, general manager from the Thoma-group, is eager to acquire a substantial market share in Brazil, a growing country with tremendous potential for solar energy output. Having complied with local official procedures (Inmetro, TÜV, Fraunhofer CSP) and cleared the way for future business collaboration, he expresses his hope that the solar industry will henceforth expand quickly.

”Being able to introduce Brazil to the infinite opportunities of a solar industry is a privilege for J.v.G. Thoma GmbH, and one that we are extremely grateful for. At the same time, this placed the ball squarely in our court, and the pressure to get the ball rolling quickly was high. Now that the lengthy initial formalities are out of the way, we can focus on making this project a success.“

The first DESERT solar module production in BRAZIL! Lets go ....
J.v.G. Thoma GmbH is delivering a DESERT turnkey production line to Brazil, the first of its kind and hopefully the first in many breakthroughs to leave the factory floor on their way to the largest country in South America. With a capacity of 30 MW, this is a small semi-automatic DESERT production line, but still a flagship in terms of DESERT solar module production and electricity generation in the country, now fully functional and ready to start with operation.

The machinery consists of DESERT production machines for high-efficiency DESERT solar modules built specifically for extreme hot climate, such as can be seen in deserts or in tropical areas. Made solely in Germany and built using the latest in DESERT and TROPIC module production, the systems inlcudes all cutting-edge technology.

Certified DESERT solar modules, DESERT containers, DESERT power plants and DESERT manufacturing machinery built using pioneering DESERT and TROPICS technology are now fully set up, and ready to perform. But powering on the machinery has been a long time coming. Up until recently, this advanced piece of equipment had been waiting for clearance at a port in Brazil. Now that the formalities have been dealt with, both J.v.G. Thoma and its customer in Brazil can get production under way.

J.v.G. Thoma GmbH is a company whose vision has always been to harness the infinite power of the sun and convert it into an inexhaustible supply of energy. But a vision such as this requires global reach, and this project has opened new doors. Brazil is not only a gateway to South American cooperation, but also the launchpad to international reach and expansion.

Following the delivery of this initial order, J.v.G. Thoma GmbH will be looking forward to an ongoing collaboration with the Brazilian company. From setup and initial training to setting the scene for a ramp up, J.v.G. Thoma will be there to provide expertise and assistance. Moreover, the company will be jointly responsible, along with the client, for the successful integration of the DESERT solar module factory.

In the future, bigger DESERT power plants will be set up on Brazilian soil, and together with existing turnkey production systems, they intend to take up a large share of the products and assets this sector will possess locally. J.v.G. Thoma plans to build up a local network of sales agents that can extend a premium offering to neighbouring countries in South America. Eventually, the company hopes to be able to expand its customer base to clients in North America.

Hans Thoma, general manager from the Thoma-group, is eager to acquire a substantial market share in Brazil, a growing country with tremendous potential for solar energy output. Having complied with local official procedures (Inmetro, TÜV, Fraunhofer CSP) and cleared the way for future business collaboration, he expresses his hope that the solar industry will henceforth expand quickly.

”Being able to introduce Brazil to the infinite opportunities of a solar industry is a privilege for J.v.G. Thoma GmbH, and one that we are extremely grateful for. At the same time, this placed the ball squarely in our court, and the pressure to get the ball rolling quickly was high. Now that the lengthy initial formalities are out of the way, we can focus on making this project a success.“

The first DESERT solar module production in BRAZIL! Let
Source: Ensinger GmbH