Dongguan, China [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] DuPont announced that it will expand production of its Solamet thick film metallization pastes at its Electronic Materials DuPont Dongguan Ltd. (EMDD) facility in China. The company said that it will more than double manufacturing capacity of Solamet pastes as part of its overall strategy to more than triple its sales to the photovoltaic industry.
DuPont said that its sales in the photovoltaics market within the next five years will be more than US $1 billion, up from approximately US $300 million today. DuPont Solamet thick film metallization pastes are used for front and back side metallization of solar cells, enabling solar cell manufacturers to reduce their cost per watt by achieving higher cell efficiencies, higher production yields and lower material consumption, according to the company.
“The PV industry is in the midst of a substantial surge globally, and demand for solar as a renewable energy source will continue to increase,” said Timothy McCann, VP of DuPont Electronic Technologies. “We are expanding Solamet production to support increased demand. Through future development, we will accelerate our ability to deliver innovations that will further drive down PV system costs and improve the lifetime and performance of solar modules.”