DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions - Enabling Materials during Africa Utility Week
CAPE TOWN, South Africa, May 13, 2013 – DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions (DuPont) will be exhibiting at African Utility Week 2013, May 14 – 15 in Cape Town, South Africa, showcasing technologies designed to improve the efficiency and lifetime of solar panels and lower overall system costs. Dr. Stephan Padlewski, marketing manager for the Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) region also will be a featured speaker at the co-located Clean Power Africa Conference on Wednesday, May 15th, emphasizing the importance of materials to help ensure long term reliability, a lower levelized cost of electricity and improved investment returns for solar energy systems. Visitors to the show can visit DuPont in Hall 1, booth S02.
“It is not enough to know who makes the solar panels you buy, you have to know what is in them to understand if they will deliver the required power output over their expected 25 year lifespan,” said Padlewski. “One of the key challenges for the solar industry is how to lower overall system costs to make solar energy more competitive with other power sources, without compromising performance. This is where materials matter - they have a major impact on system performance and return on investments solar.”
DuPont will highlight key materials, including:
- DuPont™ Solamet® photovoltaic metallization pastes, that have doubled solar cell efficiency over the last 12 years.
- DuPont™ Tedlar® polyvinyl fluoride (PVF) films that provide 30 years of proven durability and reliability for solar panels exposed to the harshest outdoor conditions.
- Lightweight photovoltaic system solutions that are lightweight and easy to install, designed to reduce balance of system costs.
DuPont (NYSE: DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802. The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment.