The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) and 3S Swiss Solar Systems are working together to further validate the efficiency and cost savings attributes of Dow's ENLIGHT™ Polyolefin Encapsulant Films. 3S, an affiliate of Meyer Burger Technology, markets high quality equipment for solar module producers under the 3S Modultec name. ENLIGHT™ encapsulants recently have been qualified on 3W Modultec lamination equipment.
"Our Polyolefin Encapsulant Films provide a number of benefits that help lower the total system costs of producing and using modules," said Friedrich von Rechteren, Dow's Business and Marketing Manager for photovoltaic encapsulant products in Europe, Middle East, and Africa. "Our development partner 3S Swiss Solar Systems has confirmed that the ENLIGHT™ Encapsulant Films have a broad lamination window and offers an interesting potential for significant cost reduction versus existing solutions. Equipment wear and material incompatibilities in the modules are also markedly reduced since Dow's solution is acid free."
The films also provide greater module stability and improved electrical performance versus traditional encapsulants, such as EVA-based products, improving the reliability and potentially extending the service life of PV modules. The new encapsulants are suitable for both C-Si and thin-film modules.
Dow is developing a wide range of technologies to address the needs of photovoltaic module manufacturers, including films, resins, adhesives, and electronic materials. These include ADCOTE™ Solvent-Based Adhesives, MOR-FREE™ Solventless Adhesives and ENLIGHT™ Encapsulant Films for modules.
About 3S Swiss Solar Systems Ltd.
3S Swiss Solar Systems has for years been one of the world's technological market leaders for production plant for the manufacture of solar modules. With integrated production lines and fully automatic laminating lines from the Swiss company, module manufacturers worldwide today produce photovoltaic modules of the highest quality. The equipment for solar module producers is now being marketed under the brand name of 3S Modultec.
Under the newly introduced brand, 3S Photovoltaics, the company also develops and produces trend-setting, building-integrated solar systems, specialising in solar modules for roofs, facades and shading solutions. Solar modules from the factory in Lyss are the perfect synthesis of a robust, weatherproof building shell and efficient, environmentally friendly energy production.
Dow combines the power of science and technology with the "Human Element" to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company connects chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help address many of the world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, renewable energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's diversified industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 160 countries and in high growth sectors such as electronics, water, energy, coatings and agriculture. In 2010, Dow had annual sales of $53.7 billion and employed approximately 50,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 5,000 products are manufactured at 188 sites in 35 countries across the globe.