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DuPont India Aims to Turn Solar Possibilities into Reality

Installs Solar Technology at DuPont Knowledge Center in Hyderabad

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DuPont Public Affairs – South Asia
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Peter Jacob
DuPont Public Affairs
DuPont Knowledge Center, Hyderabad
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Hyderabad, India, November 8, 2011 – 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. The DuPont Knowledge Center is the first R&D facility in India to have received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver certification last year.

Solar Technology Installed at DuPont Knowledge Center in HyderabadThe recent solar installation is consistent with the company’s aim to apply market driven science and innovation to help address the global challenge of reducing dependence on fossil fuels. The two solar module technologies demonstrated at DuPont Knowledge Center have a total installed power output capacity of more than 50 kilowatts (kW). This includes 29kW from Silicon-based Thin Film modules manufactured by DuPont Apollo and 25kW manufactured with Crystalline Silicon Technology. The solar installation will offset about 70 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year and will enable the facility to avoid about Rs. 500,000 (over $11,000 USD) per year in purchased electricity costs.

“This installation is a great example of our commitment to be both a key materials and technology supplier to the photovoltaic industry, and also a leader of solar power use," said Dr. Homi Bhedwar, Director, DuPont Knowledge Center, Hyderabad. "Our products can help make the promise of solar energy a reality while also powering our facilities as part of DuPont sustainability goals. DuPont is a leading material and technology supplier to the photovoltaic industry with more than 25 years of experience in photovoltaic materials development. "

With growing electricity consumption needs, solar energy is witnessing dramatic growth in India and photovoltaic technology is emerging as the preferred choice to satisfy this demand. DuPont is well positioned to address this need with DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions (DPVS) providing a broad and growing portfolio of materials and process technologies for the industry, and DuPont Apollo’s high performance Silicon-based thin film on glass photovoltaic modules.  These businesses are consistent with the strategic intent of DuPont to accelerate its capability to reduce overall dependence on fossil fuels by supporting renewable energy technologies such as solar energy.

About DuPont Knowledge Center, Hyderabad, India
The DuPont Knowledge Center, Hyderabad is one of the global centers of r&d and innovation excellence for DuPont. With DuPont science focused on addressing the market needs of today and tomorrow, the center helps accelerate innovation and development of solutions to address those needs globally and also for specific needs of customers in India and other emerging markets such as ASEAN.  The DuPont Knowledge Center houses three distinct centers of excellence – the Biotechnology Research Center, the Materials Research & Application Development Center and the Engineering Center.

About DuPont India
DuPont India is a subsidiary of the American parent. DuPont relationship with India began more than 200 years ago when it received its first shipment of raw materials from India to produce black powder for explosives in 1802. Today, DuPont India markets a wide range of products in varied market segments. With over 1800 employees and six production facilities in three locations, DuPont India has been growing at double-digit rate annually in the last five years.

About DuPont
DuPont> (NYSE: DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802.  The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment.  For additional information about DuPont and its commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit http://www.dupont.com.


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