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News Archive 2010 - 2011

November 30, 2011  DuPont Awarded for Supply Excellence by Suntech DuPont supplies DuPont™ Solamet® photovoltaic metallization pastes to enhance the efficiency of solar cells made by Suntech, as well as DuPont™ Tedlar® polyvinyl fluoride film used in protective backsheets for their solar modules. These materials are part of DuPont’s broad and growing portfolio of products that improve the efficiency and lifetime of solar cells and modules, and help reduce overall system costs to make solar more competitive with traditional sources of energy.» More
November 8, 2011  DuPont India Aims to Turn Solar Possibilities into Reality Showcasing the company’s leading photovoltaic solutions, DuPont has installed photovoltaic modules at the DuPont Knowledge Center (DKC) – the company’s R&D and knowledge services center - at Hyderabad in India to enable the facility to meet part of its energy requirements through solar energy. » More
October 4, 2011  DuPont Photovoltaic Encapsulants and Bürkle Collaborate for Faster Encapsulation, Helping Ypsator® Double Module Output vs. Other Laminators DuPont™ PV5400 Series encapsulants represent a step-change improvement in module manufacturing productivity, as well as resistance to moisture ingress and potential induced degradation (PID) for improved module life. Besides laminating faster, the better moisture resistance can eliminate the need for edge sealing, which further reduces module costs. » More
September 7, 2011  DuPont Microcircuit Materials Introduces New Lower-Silver Solamet® Photovoltaic Metallization DuPont Microcircuit Materials (MCM) has introduced DuPont™ Solamet® PV51M photovoltaic metallization paste, a new tabbing material used in solar cell manufacturing. This breakthrough new formulation enables cell makers to use up to 15 percent less material, in line with the company’s intent to accelerate product developments that help the photovoltaic industry reduce its dependence on silver metals and offset some of the impact that rising silver prices have on the cost of producing solar cells and modules. » More
September 2, 2011  DuPont Files Patent Infringement Lawsuit against Heraeus DuPont today filed a lawsuit against Heraeus Holding GmbH and Heraeus Materials Technology, LLC for allegedly infringing a DuPont patent related to its front-side metallization paste materials used in solar cell technology. The DuPont™ Solamet® product line is the leading technology for metallization in crystalline silicon and thin film solar cells, and has been instrumental in the great gains in efficiency of solar power, making it more competitive with other means of electricity generation. » More
September 2, 2011  DuPont Introduces New Protective Backsheet Technology for Photovoltaic Modules, Signs Licensing Agreement with Taiflex DuPont announced it has developed a new backsheet technology designed to enhance the quality and manufacturability of crystalline silicon solar modules by improving adhesion to encapsulants, resistance to ultraviolet (UV) light and enabling faster throughput in the backsheet production process. » More
September 1, 2011  Leading Photovoltaic Module Manufacturers Adopt DuPont™ Solamet® Photovoltaic Metallizations for Higher Efficiency Solar Cells and Modules Sunways AG and Heckert Solar AG added to a growing list of leading photovoltaic manufacturers using DuPont™ Solamet® PV17x photovoltaic metallization pastes to produce higher efficiency solar cells and modules. Solamet® PV17x series metallizations enable 10 percent lower material consumption, and they achieve results more cost effectively. The ability to use less material translates into savings for cell and module manufacturers.  » More
August 30, 2011  DuPont™ Solamet® PV414 Photovoltaic Metallization Enables Thin Film Modules from Flexcell The new offering was recently qualified at Flexcell, a leading Swiss producer of flexible amorphous silicon thin film modules for building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) and mobile solar chargers. Solamet® photovoltaic metallization pastes are key to higher efficiency and lower system costs for both crystalline silicon (c-Si) and thin film PV.   » More
August 25, 2011  New DuPont Encapsulant Makes W&K Solar Modules Simpler, Stronger and Faster to Manufacture Willard and Kelsey (W&K) Solar Group announces commercialization of their new "WK1-75" photovoltaic (PV) module using DuPont™ PV5400 Series encapsulant. Designed for utility-scale clean energy projects, the new module incorporates a cost-effective cadmium-telluride (CdTe) thin-film power-generating layer, which is given extra protection by the new, highly moisture-resistant DuPont™ PV5400 ionomer-based PV encapsulant.   » More
July 25, 2011  DuPont Expands in Solar Energy with Acquisition of Innovalight DuPont acquires Innovalight, Inc., a company specializing in advanced silicon inks and process technologies that increase the efficiency of crystalline silicon solar cells. The acquisition further strengthens DuPont's position as a clear leader in materials for the solar energy market, enabling a broader and more integrated photovoltaic materials and technology offering from DuPont.   »  简体中文, 繁體中文, 日本
July 13, 2011  DuPont Expands Licensing Agreement with Toppan to Boost Production of Tedlar® PV2400 for Solar Modules DuPont announced it has expanded the rights of a technology license agreement with Toppan Inc. Printing Co. LTD that will double Toppan’s immediate supply capability for the full-scale commercial production of DuPont™ Tedlar® PV2400 polyvinyl fluoride (PVF) film. Tedlar® is the industry standard for high-performing protective backsheets for solar modules.   » More
June 16, 2011  DuPont Becomes World’s First Thin Film Solar Module Manufacturer to Earn LEED Gold Rating DuPont, through its wholly owned subsidiary DuPont Apollo, today announced that its Shenzhen, China, production facility has received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). According to USGBC records, the facility is the first LEED certified thin-film photovoltaic module production facility and the first LEED-EB certified photovoltaic module manufacturing plant in the world to receive this accreditation. » More

June 9, 2011  DuPont™ Solamet® Photovoltaic Metallizations Enable Canadian Solar’s High-Efficiency Metal Wrap Through Solar Cells DuPont™ Solamet® photovoltaic metallization pastes continue to advance critical solar cell technologies to enable more cost-effective, high-efficiency solar cell and module designs. The latest collaboration with Canadian Solar Inc. has resulted in Canadian Solar’s ELPS cells with 19.5 percent conversion efficiency for monocrystalline silicon (c-Si) solar cells using Metal Wrap Through (MWT) technology. » More

June 1, 2011  DuPont™ Kapton® Colorless Polyimide Film Enables World Record for Flexible CdTe Photovoltaic Efficiency DuPont™ Kapton® colorless polyimide film, a revolutionary new material currently in development for use as a flexible superstrate for cadmium telluride (CdTe) thin film photovoltaic (PV) modules, has enabled a new world record for solar cell conversion efficiency of 13.8 percent, leapfrogging the previous world record of 12.6 percent and nearing that of glass. » Deutsch

May 5, 2011  DuPont Microcircuit Materials Developments to Lead to New Lower-Silver Solamet® Photovoltaic Offering DuPont Microcircuit Materials (MCM) is accelerating the completion of a breakthrough technology innovation that is enabling the company to develop formulations for a new series of its leading DuPont™ Solamet® brand photovoltaic (PV) metallization pastes that significantly reduce the silver content. » Deutsch
April 27, 2011  DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions Hosts Open Innovation Day Representatives from 25 photovoltaic (PV) start-up companies and six key investment companies from across the European region participated in the event hosted at the DuPont European Technical Centre in Meyrin, Switzerland. The objective was to bring together innovative companies from the PV industry to openly discuss the challenge of reducing the world’s dependence on fossil fuel through new advances in solar power. » Deutsch
February 22, 2011  DuPont Celebrates 50 Years of Innovation with Tedlar® Polyvinyl Fluoride Film Used today primarily in backsheets that protect photovoltaic modules, Tedlar® is the only film with 25 plus years of proven field performance, enabling long-term reliable photovoltaic module power output which reduces the world’s dependence on fossil fuels. » Deutsch
February 22, 2011  DuPont Microcircuit Materials Launches New Generation Frontside Silver Photovoltaic Metallizations DuPont is introducing a new series of frontside silver photovoltaic metallization pastes using new and novel chemistry formulated to deliver advanced efficiency and adhesion for solar cells. DuPont™ Solamet® PV17x series photovoltaic metallizations also will enable higher process reliability and yield for both cell and module manufacturers. » Deutsch
February 21, 2011  DuPont Encapsulant Materials Enable Production, Performance and Cost Advantages for Thin-Film Solar Modules DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions announced the introduction of DuPont™ PV5400 series thin ionomer-based encapsulant sheets designed to protect sensitive thin film solar modules, while offering manufacturers new ways to cut costs, speed throughput and deliver more power over the life of each unit. » Deutsch
February 21, 2011  DuPont Delivers New Science-Powered Innovations for Solar Energy DuPont innovations are designed to increase the efficiency and lifetime of solar modules and reduce overall system costs to help lower the cost of solar energy vs. other forms of electricity. » More
February 16, 2011  DuPont Introduces New Solamet® PV701 Photovoltaic Metallization for Metal Wrap Through Solar Cell Designs This advanced product composition enables the manufacture of back contact cell designs delivering up to 0.4 percent greater conversion efficiency for solar cells.  » Deutsch
December 2, 2010  DuPont Canada Showcases Photovoltaic Innovations at CanSIA Conference DuPont is showcasing its innovations for the rapidly expanding photovoltaic (PV) market at the Solar Canada 2010 Conference and Expo, such as DuPont™ Tedlar® polyvinyl fluoride (PVF) films for photovoltaic backsheets, DuPont™ Solamet® photovoltaic metallization pastes and a family of encapsulant resins and films that improve the efficiency and reliability of solar modules.  » More
October 27, 2010  DuPont Performance Polymers Introduces New Cost-effective Materials for Photovoltaics Drawn from its portfolio of high-performance polymers, UV-resistant DuPont™ Rynite® PET resins offer an excellent balance of properties which makes them an ideal candidate for the cost-effective manufacturing of photovoltaic module frames and components.   » More
October 12, 2010   DuPont Introduces New Kapton® Films for Flexible and Thin Film Photovoltaic Applications DuPont Circuit & Packaging Materials announces the commercial availability of DuPont™ Kapton® polyimide films engineered for thin film and flexible photovoltaic substrates. DuPont has developed two key products for Amorphous Silicon (a-Si) modules and Copper Indium Gallium Selenide (CIGS) photovoltaic applications.  » More
October 11, 2010  New DuPont Encapsulant and NSG Thin Glass Enable Fujipream to Build World's Thinnest Crystalline Silicon Solar Panel DuPont Kabushiki Kaisha and Fujipream Corporation have successfully developed a new thin crystalline silicon (c-Si) glass-glass photovoltaic module that is 25 percent lighter in weight (excluding the frame) compared with traditional c-Si modules using standard solar grade front glass.  » More
September 22, 2010  DuPont Leader: Photovoltaics Growth Powered by Market-Driven Innovation The growth is supported by new market-driven innovations that improve solar module efficiency and performance, bringing costs down in line with other forms of energy and reducing the world’s dependence on fossil fuels.  » More
September 7, 2010  DuPont Announces First Commercial Adoption of New DuPont™ PV8600 Encapsulant Material Unlike traditional ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) encapsulants, this new offering needs no cure step, resulting in shorter lamination cycles and increased productivity - helping reduce module cost. It also offers increased moisture resistance for improved long-term module reliability.   » More
September 6, 2010  DuPont Microcircuit Materials Presents New Solamet® Materials and Innovative Process Technologies to Enable Future Growth in Photovoltaics Roadmap of proposed technology options to help enable the industry goal for conversion efficiency of crystalline silicon (c-Si) solar cells beyond 20 percent by 2012. This will be made possible through innovative material and process technology improvements of leading DuPont™ Solamet® brand photovoltaic metallization pastes.   » More
September 3, 2010  Teknisolar Selects DuPont Photovoltaic Materials For High Performance Laminator The new patent-pending automated laminator line has been successfully tested with a range of photovoltaic (PV) materials from DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions, including DuPont™ Tedlar® polyvinyl fluoride (PVF) films for photovoltaic backsheets, DuPont™ Elvax® ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) resins for solar encapsulation for glass-backsheet modules, and DuPont™ PV5200 and PV5300 encapsulants for glass-glass modules.   » More
August 31, 2010  DuPont to Double Solamet® Production to Meet Surging Solar Energy Market Demand As part of DuPont’s efforts to help reduce the world’s dependence on fossil fuels, the capacity increase is consistent with the company’s expectation that its sales of enabling innovations into photovoltaic applications will exceed $1 billion in 2011 and $2 billion by 2014.   » More
August 25, 2010  DuPont Begins Production for Critical Raw Material in Tedlar® PVF Film for Durable Photovoltaic Modules Starting up the new polymer resin production for Tedlar® film is a critical step necessary for us to meet the overwhelming customer demand for this essential solar panel backsheet material. Tedlar® enables solar panels to deliver reliable power output for 25 plus years.   » More
July 16, 2010  DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions Participates at Intersolar North America DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions recently exhibited new PV products and presented on key technical topics on solar energy materials and manufacturing. Presentations are now available for download.   » More
June 25, 2010  DuPont Performance Polymers Introduces Zalak® 5300 Seals for Cost-Effective Sealingin Photovoltaic Crystalline Silicon and Thin Film Manufacturing Zalak® 5300 seals bridge the performance gap between standard fluoroelastomers (FKM) and perfluoroelastomers (FFKM) seals. Zalak® 5300 seals are specially formulated for use in plasma environments, such as edge isolation, ARC coating in crystalline cell manufacturing, TCO sputtering deposition, and selective a-Si PECVD applications in PV cell manufacturing.   » More
June 17, 2010   DuPont Microcircuit Materials Introduces New High Efficiency Solamet® Photovoltaic Metallization Pastes This advanced series outperforms previous generation products by delivering up to 0.4 percent greater conversion efficiency for solar cells. PV16x series photovoltaic metallizations are also suitable for a wide range of printing line widths and processes, which help to meet a variety of photovoltaic market needs.   »  Deutsch, Español
June 7, 2010   DuPont Opens North American Photovoltaic Research Facility DuPont opened a North American photovoltaic applications lab at its Chestnut Run facility in Wilmington to support materials development for the fast-growing photovoltaic solar energy market.   » More
May 17, 2010   DuPont Hosts U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke at DuPont Apollo Thin Film Photovoltaic R&D Centre DuPont hosted U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke, along with several U.S. business leaders and government officials, at the DuPont Apollo Thin Film Photovoltaic (PV) R&D Centre in the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park as part of Secretary Locke’s trade mission to China.   » More
April 27, 2010  DuPont Expects to Grow Photovoltaic Sales More Than 50 Percent in 2010 DuPont now expects its sales into photovoltaics to exceed $1 billion in 2011, which is a year ahead of plan, and has set a new goal to exceed $2 billion in sales by 2014.   » More
April 22, 2010  New Photovoltaic Encapsulant Helps Deliver More Power at Lower Cost DuPont materials research, guided by Oerlikon thin film manufacturing know-how, produced the DuPont™ PV5223 white reflective encapsulant sheet for use in Oerlikon multi-stack laminating processes.   » More
April 21, 2010   Queen’s Award for Enterprise Presented to DuPont for Increasing Energy Efficiency of Solar Cells Her Majesty the Queen, head of state of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth, has awarded a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category to DuPont for the continuous development of DuPont™ Solamet® photovoltaic metallization paste, a key component in increasing the energy efficiency of solar cells.   » 한국어 버전
April 6, 2010 Largest-Ever Solar Boat Powered for First World Tour by DuPont Innovations DuPont will provide innovations in photovoltaic modules and high-performance marine coatings to PlanetSolar, the largest solar boat ever built. PlanetSolar is a 30 meter-long and 15 meter-wide catamaran covered by 500 square meters of photovoltaic solar panels that will power an electric motor.   » More
February 1, 2010 DuPont Opens Photovoltaic Application Facility in Geneva To address the needs for the fast-growing photovoltaic market, DuPont opened the Meyrin Photovoltaic Application Laboratory at its European Technical Center – adding new capabilities to this leading R&D hub by developing next-generation products.   » More
January 18, 2010 DuPont to Invest $175 Million in Final Phase of Critical Tedlar® PVF Film Expansion for Photovoltaic Modules DuPont today announced an investment of $175 million to complete the multi-phase expansion of its high-performance DuPont™ Tedlar® PV2001 series oriented film production line. This investment is in addition to $120 million in capacity expansions, announced in August 2009, for raw materials used to make the film, bringing the total commitment of these two phases to $295 million.   » More