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DuPont Microcircuit Materials Introduces New High Efficiency Solamet® Photovoltaic Metallization Pastes

Solamet® PV16x Series Can Raise Solar Cell Efficiency by up to 0.4 Percent



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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., June 17, 2010 – DuPont Microcircuit Materials (MCM) has introduced its newest generation of frontside metallization pastes for crystalline silicon solar cells - DuPont™ Solamet® PV16x series photovoltaic metallizations.   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. 

“DuPont™ Solamet® has become the leading brand in the photovoltaic industry because it has consistently raised the bar for efficiency, setting increasingly higher standards by enabling customers to reduce costs, and enhance the competitiveness of their products,” said Walt Cheng -- global business director - DuPont Microcircuit Materials. “For over 20 years, DuPont research scientists have been advancing photovoltaic cell efficiency, which is critical to helping our customers in the industry reach grid parity.”

DuPont™ Solamet® PV16x series photovoltaic metallization pastes can provide up to 0.4 percent greater efficiency, and features low-contact resistance.  They are available in a range of options suitable for various printing requirements, including fine lines (less than 80µm) with high aspect ratio patterning, improving line conductance.  They are capable of contacting shallow emitters of up to 85 ohms/sq and deep emitters as well. Solamet® PV16x photovoltaic metallization pastes have undergone extensive customer testing.

DuPont first featured new Solamet® PV16x series metallization pastes as part of its broad and growing portfolio of photovoltaic solutions at the 2010 SNEC 4th International Photovoltaic (PV) Power Generation Conference & Exhibition in Shanghai, China, and is now introducing the series in the Americas, Europe and Japan.  DuPont will be highlighting emerging metallization technologies including Solamet® PV16x at the upcoming IEEE 35th Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC), June 20 – 25, 2010 in Honolulu, Hawaii, and as an exhibitor at InterSolar, July 13 – 15 in San Francisco, Calif.

DuPont Microcircuit Materials was recently awarded the United Kingdom's prestigious Queen’s Award of Enterprise in the Innovation category for its continuous development of DuPont™ Solamet® photovoltaic metallization pastes as a key component in increasing the energy efficiency of solar cells, and for increasing the effectiveness of photovoltaic solar cell technology.

DuPont Microcircuit Materials has over 40 years of experience in the development, manufacture, sale, and support of specialized thick film compositions for a wide variety of electronic applications in the photovoltaic, display, automotive, biomedical, industrial, military, and telecommunications markets.  For more information on DuPont Microcircuit Materials and Solamet® metallization pastes, please visit http://mcm.dupont.com.

DuPont™ Solamet® photovoltaic metallizations are part of a broad and growing portfolio of products represented by DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions (DPVS), which connects science and technology from across the company on a global scale to help support the dramatic growth in the photovoltaic industry.  To learn more, please visit http://photovoltaics.dupont.com.

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