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DuPont Features Solar Energy Solutions and the Power of Shunya at 2013 Renewable Energy India Expo

Reliable Solar Power is Key to Zero Energy Deficit in India

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Ellen Pressley
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DELHI, India, September 11, 2013 – DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions (DuPont) is exhibiting at the Renewable Energy India (REI) 2013 Expo, the leading solar power expo in India, Sept. 12 – 14 at the Expo Center, Greater Noida.  DuPont will deliver a keynote address at the event, host a panel discussion titled, “Power of Shunya™: Relying on Solar for a Brighter Future,” and highlight the latest advanced materials enabling sustainable growth in solar energy.  The activities are connected with a new growth initiative by DuPont in India to address the country’s most critical challenges by using science for problem solving – such as zero hunger, zero darkness and zero lives lost. This includes eliminating the country’s energy deficit by accelerating the adoption of solar power.  

The Power of Shunya™ is a concept involving a collaborative approach to deliver science-powered solutions that contribute to India’s growth and make a difference in people’s lives,” said Rajaram Pai, business leader, DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions, South Asia.  “Solar energy has tremendous potential to meet these objectives, but only if it is managed in the right way. Ensuring solar energy systems deliver power reliably for their 25 year lifespan is key, not only to provide a clean and sustainable source of power, but also to ensure solar remains a good investment.”

More than 1.7 gigawatts (GW) of solar energy have been installed in India to date, according to the Government of Industry Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, with an additional 1.5 GW anticipated by the end of 2014, according to industry estimates. Industry experts suggest that India may reach grid parity, the point at which the cost of solar is competitive with other forms of electricity, between 2015 and 2017.

At its booth in Hall #3, No. 63, DuPont is highlighting how materials can impact the power output and reliable lifetime of solar panels, lowering overall system costs and mitigating risk for both panel manufacturers and system investors.  Highlights include:

  • DuPont™ Solamet® PV18x series photovoltaic metallizations are the latest front-side silver pastes designed to deliver higher solar cell efficiency beyond 19.3 percent with less material usage required.
  • DuPont™ Tedlar® polyvinyl fluoride (PVF) films have 30 years of proven durability and reliability for solar panels exposed to harsh outdoor conditions.
  • DuPont ionomer encapsulants have proven durability for more than 15 years and demonstrate resistance to Potential Induced Degradation (PID), a well-known cause of solar panel failure.
  • New e-Frame integrated polymer module frames, designed to replace metal for lightweight and easier to assemble panels can reduce shipping and installation costs.
  • DuPont™ Kapton® polyimide films are designed as substrate materials for flexible thin film solar panels.

Rajaram Pai will be delivering the keynote address during the “PV Technology: Equipment and Materials” session at REI on Sept. 12.  The focus will be on improving the reliability of solar energy systems to help ensure increased rates of return on solar investments.

On Sept. 13, DuPont is hosting a panel discussion, where leading experts from across the solar value chain will explore the challenges and opportunities inherent in the fast growing solar industry, and strategies for success.

DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions is the leading global supplier of specialty materials to the photovoltaic industry.  To learn more, please visit http://photovoltaics.dupont.com.

DuPont India is among the top ten entities by revenue and one of the fastest growing markets for DuPont. The company is focusing on developing science-based solutions in the areas of agriculture, food & nutrition, safety & sustainability, construction & infrastructure, renewable energy, automotive and industrial biosciences to address local needs. To strengthen its local capabilities, DuPont is investing in expanding the application development capabilities at the DuPont Knowledge Centre (DKC) at Hyderabad, one of the company’s seven global R&D centers, as well as the priority areas at the DuPont India Innovation Center at Pune, which today primarily focuses on the automotive sector. To know more about how DuPont is harnessing The Power of Shunya™ in collaboration with other organizations, please visit http://www.dupont.co.in/Shunya.

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.

 

DuPont Knowledge Center at Hyderabad, India

The DuPont Knowledge Center at Hyderabad, India is one of a growing number of solar energy installations helping to meet the growing need for energy in the country.

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