Solar

Dow Corning debuts solar cell encapsulant

Dow Corning is now selling what it calls a “breakthrough” in solar cell encapsulation, which improves durability and efficiency of crystalline silicon (c-Si) and amorphous silicon (a-Si) modules.

September 16, 2009 –  Dow Corning is now selling what it calls a “breakthrough” in solar cell encapsulation, which improves durability and efficiency of crystalline silicon (c-Si) and amorphous silicon (a-Si) modules.

The PV-6100 series, based on silicone molecules’ UV stability, offers improved durability and higher efficiency vs. organic alternatives, translating to higher production throughputs for PV modules and ultimately reducing cost/kWh for solar power. Solar modules made with the encapsulant technology have passed UL Class “C” flame testing and “engineering evaluations” in accordance with IEC standards, and have been evaluated by “select” solar panel makers at Dow Corning’s Solar Solutions Application Center in Freeland, MI.

“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, in a statement.