DuPont, Dow Corning, BASF, Wacker Chemie, Solutia (and other chemical companies) have been announcing left and right about recent developments and projects within the solar market -- especially solar encapsulants.
According to DuPont, encapsulants are among the most important materials to solar module manufacturers for high-volume module sealing and integration.
DuPont has collaborated with Oerlikon Solar in the development of a new ultra-thin white reflective solar photovoltaic encapsulant sheet. The DuPont™ PV5223 white reflective polyvinyl butyral (PVB) encapsulant is said to enable easier manufacturing of next-generation thin film photovoltaic modules that not only capture sunlight coming in, but also reflect more sunlight back through the module, delivering more power.
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[Photo of DuPont's solar encapsulant sheet]