Solar solutions from Lapp and FPE Fischer nominated for Intersolar AwardAt Intersolar Europe, the Lapp Group and FPE Fischer will present innovative connection solutions and an unprecedented level of user-friendliness with the EPIC solar map set, a modular connection system developed jointly by the two companies and now nominated for the Intersolar Award 2013. In a further innovative move, the Lapp Group has teamed up with Kostal Industrie Elektrik to guarantee the compatibility of solar connectors from two different manufacturers.Thanks to a completely new connection design, the EPIC solar map set helps cut the cost of connection technology, while boosting the level of automation in the module manufacturing process and making modules easier to service and repower.The EPIC solar map set consists of a range of components made of top-quality, weatherproof, impact-resistant plastic, which can be combined as required to create connections between photovoltaic modules – thereby rendering conventional junction boxes redundant. These standardised components can be mounted and welded onto modules automatically, and customised solutions for different numbers of strings and varying cable lengths can easily be provided, even within the same production line. Modelled after the automotive industry’s principle of flexible production platforms, the EPIC solar map set builds on existing technologies and modular parts. Since the components can be inexpensively produced using injection moulding and stamping technology, the manufacturers’ part costs are extremely low. The system’s modular construction also opens up the possibility of further variants, including one for glass-glass modules.