Polyolefin elastomers for use in photovoltaic encapsulant films

The Dow Chemical Company announces the availability of its photovoltaic grades of ENGAGE Polyolefin to the photovoltaic (PV) module encapsulation film industry. Producers of PV modules are demanding modules with longer energy production life and better durability and Dow Elastomers, a business unit within Dow, is meeting this demand by supplying ENGAGE POE as a quality material for use in all types of PV modules, including more demanding N-type cells, glass/glass, high power, and bifacial PV modules. PV modules made with ENGAGE POE-based encapsulant films provide: increased power generation, electrical efficiency, reliability, and extended life of the PV module; improved Potential Induced Degradation (PID) resistance, reducing premature module failure and replacement; lower Lifetime Cost of Energy (LCOE) and better project economics for solar developers; better long-term weathering performance that enables better durability and power output for the life of the module; and lower Water Vapor Transmission Rate (WVTR) moisture resistance eliminating the corrosion problems associated with the use of EVA encapsulants. ENGAGE POEs are used in PV modules that are currently producing clean, renewable energy worldwide. 

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Volume: 2016 November/December