DuPont To Invest US $120M in Tedlar PV Materials

DuPont has released details of a multi-phase production expansion for its Tedlar polyvinyl fluoride (PVF) product line. The latest phase of the expansion represents more than US $120 million in investment which increases production capacity of the monomer and resin used in producing Tedlar films by more than 50 percent. Tedlar films serve as a backsheet component for solar photovoltaic modules.

Site selections for this phase of the Tedlar production capacity expansion are complete, and construction has begun for new monomer and resin facilities at DuPont plants in Louisville, Kentucky, and Fayetteville, North Carolina. The facilities are scheduled to start up in mid-2010. 

“This investment supports the significant increase in the global market demand for clean, renewable energy,” said David Miller, group vice president – DuPont Electronic & Communication Technologies. “Our capacity expansions are critical steps in growing the Tedlar business and maintaining our market leadership in backsheets for solar panels that deliver the long-term, reliable power supply that our customers have come to expect from their investment in renewable power generation.”

DuPont said it anticipates that the photovoltaic market will grow rapidly over the next several years, and this growth will drive the demand for Tedlar and other new materials. DuPont expects that overall sales of its family of products into the photovoltaic industry will exceed $1 billion by 2012.

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