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Schüco informed!

Tuesday, 21 March 2023, 08:00 Last update: about 13 months ago
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As a former manufacturer of high-quality solar modules, our active and passive product monitoring obligation has unfortunately recently shown that certain solar modules from our company may be affected by a defect. As guaranteeing product safety is our top priority, we always take all necessary measures to ensure that neither a buyer nor an uninvolved third party is harmed when using the products manufactured by us. 

For preventive safety reasons, we are writing to inform you as a precautionary measure about a solar module defect which can be caused by the faulty polyamide backing film from various suppliers. The defect described below may occur in modules that we delivered between 2010 and 2014. 

As a result of field incidents, Schüco has identified that a certain type of polyamide backing film from different manufacturers can develop defect patterns that can lead to cracks in the backing film. The potential hazard resulting from the fault pattern depends on the material, location and type of installation as well as other factors. 

Danger to life and limb due to electric shock cannot be ruled out under certain weather and environmental conditions. 

With immediate effect, parts of the solar power system that may be defective due to the defect patterns described above in the backing films must not be touched under any circumstances without the protective measures against electric shock described below.

Affected items

AFFECTED MODULE TYPES AND ITEM NUMBERS

Backing films of the following solar modules may be affected:

2010-2012

Description

Item number

MPE 205 PS 05

259998

MPE 210 PS 05

259647

MPE 215 PS 05

259996

MPE 220 PS 05

272661

MPE 175 MS 05

271312

MPE 180 MS 05

271313

MPE 185 MS 05

271314

MPE 190 MS 05

271362

MPE 200 PS 05

271238

UPDATE: FURTHER AFFECTED MODULES 

2011-2013

Description

Item number

MPE 225 PS 60

272367

MPE 230 PS 60

272368

MPE 230 PS 60

273178

MPE 230 PS 60

273182

MPE 235 PS 60

272369

MPE 235 PS 60

273179

MPE 235 PS 60

273183

MPE 240 PS 60

273180

MPE 240 PS 60

273184

MPE 245 PS 60

272774

MPE 245 PS 60

273181

MPE 245 PS 60

273185

2012-2014

Description

Item number

MPE 240 PG 60 FA

274536

MPE 240 PG 60 FA

274537

MPE 240 PG 60 FA

274538

MPE 245 PG 60 FA

274540

MPE 245 PG 60 FA

274541

MPE 240 PG 60 FA

274576

MPE 245 PG 60 FA

274577

MPE 250 PG 60 FA

274578

MPE 250 PG 60 FA

274582

MPE 250 PG 60 FA

274583

MPE 225 PG 60 FA

274754

MPE 230 PG 60 FA 274756
MPE 255 PG 60 FA 274805
MPE 250 PS 60 FA 274972
MPE 250 PS 60 FA 274977

MPE 255 PS 60 FA

274978

MPE 260 PS 60 FA 274979

 2011-2012

Description

Item number

MPE 210 PS 12

273220

MPE 210 PS 12

273308

THE ITEM NUMBERS OF THE AFFECTED MODULES MAY APPEAR ON YOUR INVOICE OR CAN BE FOUND ON THE STICKER ON THE BACK OF THE MODULES.

Important information

IF YOU OPERATE A SYSTEM WITH THE ABOVE-MENTIONED SOLAR MODULES, PLEASE STRICTLY OBSERVE THE FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS:

PLEASE CHECK OR INSPECT THE SOLAR FACILITY ONLY UNDER THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS:

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES TOUCH THE SOLAR MODULES WITHOUT PROTECTIVE MEASURES AGAINST ELECTRIC SHOCK. YOU MUST ALSO NOT TOUCH CABLES OR PLUGS, SUBSTRUCTURE PARTS OR OTHER PARTS OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM WITHOUT APPROPRIATE MEASURES.

ENSURE THAT NO UNINFORMED THIRD PARTIES HAVE ACCESS TO THE SOLAR PLANT. SPECIALIST PERSONNEL MUST BE ADVISED OF THE HAZARD INVOLVED BEFORE CARRYING OUT ANY WORK.

SHOULD IT NOT BE POSSIBLE TO ENSURE THAT NO UNINFORMED THIRD PARTY HAS ACCESS TO THE SYSTEM, THE SYSTEM SHOULD BE IMMEDIATELY UNINSTALLED BY PROFESSIONAL PERSONNEL AND THE SOLAR MODULES DISPOSED OF IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAW.

PLEASE PASS ON THIS WARNING WITHOUT EXCEPTION AND AS A MATTER OF URGENCY TO ALL PERSONS WHO MAY WORK ON OR OTHERWISE COME INTO CONTACT WITH THE EQUIPMENT. 

If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected].

Your modules can continue to be operated in compliance with the above-mentioned instructions.

 

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