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Photovoltaic Energy: What is it?

Photovoltaic Energy is the science of converting light into elec- trical energy, and is achieved through the use of semiconductors, or photovoltaic solar cells. The cell assemblies are encapsulated into water tight modules for protection from moisture and impact. The resulting assembly is referred to as a solar panel or module. The principle components of a crystalline silicon photovoltaic module are the glass glazing, cross-linked ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) encapsulant, the silicon wafers and associated wiring, a protective backsheet, and a junction box.

Today, the photovoltaic industry is experiencing rapid growth as people around the world turn to alternative technologies, like photovoltaics, to supply the energy needs that rapidly depleting fossil energies will not be able to meet.

With this growth comes the need for new technologies to address different applications within the photovoltaic industry such as thin film rigid and flex systems as well as Concentrator PV. DuPont is leading the discovery of new solutions for amorphous silicon thin film modules. With significant investments in product development and capacity expansions, DuPont is well positioned to help the industry achieve grid parity faster.

How is DuPont Involved?

DuPont is a leading material and technology supplier to the photovoltaic (PV) industry, with more than 25 years of experience in PV materials development, applications know-how, manufacturing expertise and global market access. DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions leverages science from across the company on a global scale to benefit the dramatic growth in this industry. We offer a broad and growing portfolio of key materials, including films, resins, encapsulation sheets, flexible substrates, and conductive pastes for both crystalline silicon and thin film module production. Through science and technology, these innovative materials from DuPont allow solar modules to run more efficiently, last longer and make the use of sustainable energy a viable solution.