DuPont Opens North American PV Research Facility

DuPont opened a North American photovoltaic applications lab at its Chestnut Run facility in Wilmington, Delaware this week to support materials development for solar photovoltaic energy market. DuPont expects its photovoltaic sales to grow over 50 percent this year, and to exceed US $2 billion by 2014.

The lab will accelerate introduction of new photovoltaic materials and engineering innovations by linking DuPont science and engineering with full-size module fabrication and state-of-the-art testing capabilities. The lab is designed to advance state-of-the-art solar module design, accelerate time to market in photovoltaic innovation and deliver cost-effective, high-performance solutions for the photovoltaic industry, the company said.

Over 55 representatives from the photovoltaic industry joined , David Miller, president – DuPont Electronics & Communications, and Delaware Governor Jack Markell and other government leaders for the facility’s opening.

“The global demand for renewable energy is strong and growing,” Kullman said. “DuPont is responding to the demand by collaborating with customers, governments and other stakeholders to deliver high-performance innovation that addresses head-on energy challenges today and into the future. This lab will allow us to access tremendous scientific talent to develop the technology and materials for converting the energy of the sun intoelectricity, contributing to decreasing dependence on fossil fuels.”

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