“Reducing dependence on fossil fuels can benefit the environment and help fight soaring energy prices. Photovoltaic power generation is a technology that can help, especially as solar modules get more affordable and reliable. That is why it is inspiring to be a team member working on developing DuPont™ ionomer encapsulants.
One of the biggest challenges is the harsh environment that solar modules endure such as rain, hail and snow loads. Encapsulants protect the modules’ active elements and are key to manufacturing efficiency and module life. I develop mechanical measurement and modeling techniques to simulate module strength in real applications. It is real applications that matter, so I collaborate with customers to demonstrate the unique properties of our encapsulants that enable modules to be more reliable and have lower installation costs.”