Fact Sheet: DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions

DuPont is a leading 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 (DPVS) represents a broad and growing portfolio of innovations for the industry, developed by leveraging science from across the company, and working closely with strategic partners across the value chain. DPVS offerings are designed to increase the lifetime and efficiency of solar modules, and improve the productivity of PV module makers.


Our products are key to the manufacture of both crystalline silicon and thin film solar cells and modules. They include films, resins, encapsulation sheets, flexible substrates and conductive pastes, as well as high performance seals for solar cell manufacturing equipment.


We continue to invest in both capacity expansions to support the explosive industry growth, and the development of new innovative technologies to address different applications within the industry.


Solar Panels ar Chestnut Run PlazaDuPont has also made a corporate commitment to have at least ten percent of its power produced by renewable energy sources by 2010, some of which will be supplied through the installation of systems with solar generation. Today, more than five percent of the company’s power is produced by renewable energy sources. DuPont has installed photovoltaic solar power systems for its R&D and business facilities in Wilmington, Del., and Taoyuan, Taiwan, and is planning additional installations in the U.S. and India, as an example of DuPont science and innovation enabling businesses and consumers to convert sunlight directly into electricity.


The company’s offering for this market provides innovative business solutions to help meet the growing demand for renewable energy technology. Through science and technology, innovative technologies from DuPont enable solar modules to run more efficiently, last longer and provide safer and more environmentally sustainable solutions, making solar possibilities into everyday realities, to provide energy for a thriving world.


Facts about DuPont Businesses that Provide Materials to the Global PV Solar Industry:

  • Six DuPont businesses provide products for the Photovoltaic offering: Photovoltaic Fluoromaterials, Electronic Technologies, Packaging & Industrial Polymers, Engineering Polymers, DuPont Performance Elastomers, and DuPont Teijin Films™.
  • DuPont has research sites in the U.S., Switzerland, Japan, China, Taiwan, and the U.K.
  • DuPont has been at the forefront of innovation in the PV industry since its inception more than 25 years ago. Many of DuPont’s products have set the industry standard and continue to lead with consistent high quality and proven performance.
  • According to DuPont and industry estimates, the PV market is expected to grow by about 50% per year over the next few years.



The DuPont Portfolio of Innovative Materials for Photovoltaic Modules


Facts about the DuPont Products Used in the Global PV Solar Industry:

  • DuPont™ PV1000 Series EVA copolymer resins, based on Elvax®, for the encapsulant sheet: cushions individual cells from impact and enables the transmission of sunlight to the cells.
  • DuPont PV Encapsulant Sheets: Ranging from soft to structural, clear DuPont™ PV5200 and PV5300 Series encapsulant sheets offer proven safety and laminating performance, and deliver long term protection for the most sensitive portions of PV modules.
  • DuPont™ Teflon® fluoropolymer film for front sheets and flexible panels: offers mechanical strength and durability against cracking and abrasion, flexibility and nearly 100 percent transparency.
  • DuPont™ Tedlar® polyvinyl fluoride films: deliver long lasting UV and weather-resistant back sheets.
  • DuPont™ Solamet® thick film metallization pastes: increase the efficiency and yield of solar cells.
  • DuPont™ Rynite® PET thermoplastic resins: increase safety, eliminate corrosion, and provide long lasting performance for junction boxes and structural supports in harsh environments.
  • DuPont™ Kapton® polyimide film for thin film substrates: provides excellent electrical and thermal properties to thin film modules.
  • DuPont™ Teijin Films™ (Mylar®, Melinex® and Tetoron® polyester films) for backsheet interlayers: provide added protection from the environment.
  • Kalrez® perfluoroelastomer parts from DuPont Performance Elastomers: provide excellent resistance to aggressive chemicals and high temperatures to help reduce the risk of unplanned maintenance.




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