Solar Photovoltaic Breakthrough 11.09.09  
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Dow Corning Commercializes Breakthrough Solar Cell Encapsulant Technology

Dow Corning Corp. has announced the commercial availability of a breakthrough solar cell encapsulation technology that improves performance and effectively lowers the cost per kilowatt-hour of solar power.

"This solution will help make solar power a viable and sustainable energy option globally by improving module durability and efficiency, as well as reducing capital and manufacturing costs and significantly increasing the production rate of solar panels,” said Gaetan Borgers, global industry director, Dow Corning Solar Business.

Dow Corning® PV-6100 Encapsulant Series relies on the UV stability of the silicone molecule to deliver improved durability and increased efficiency for crystalline modules compared to incumbent organics. PV-6100 Encapsulant Series provide an ultra-transparent layer of protection for the solar cell in a panel and can replace incumbent technologies. The silicon-based material provides higher efficiency, longer module life, and optimum UV resistance.

The new processing platform can achieve higher production rates for crystalline and amorphous silicon thin film modules, reducing the cost per kilowatt-hour of solar power. The process increases manufacturing efficiency and reduces total cost of ownership through lower processing temperatures, faster throughput, as well as lower capital and less factory space needed for the equipment.

"All of our efforts are focused on uncovering and creating new opportunities to deliver improved cost efficiency, durability and performance to help the solar industry move towards being economically competitive with conventional energy sources, and become a sustainable energy option globally. And we’re getting closer and closer to that reality every day,” said Eric Peeters, vice president, Dow Corning Solar Business.


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