At the first China International Import Expo (CIIE), DuPont Photovoltaic and Advanced Materials, a business unit of DuPont Electronics & Imaging, is showcasing the leading solar material solutions to echo its long-term commitment to global renewable energy and sustainable development.
During the exhibition, DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions will sign cooperation agreements with GCL System Integration Technology Co. Ltd. (GCL System), part of GCL Group; Jiangsu SUMEC Group Corporation (SUMEC), a key member of China National Machinery Industry Corporation; and China Lucky Group Corporation (China Lucky), the wholly owned subsidiary of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation. The collective goal is to produce high-quality solar panels and promote the broader application of solar energy through inclusive innovation.
“Selecting high-quality solar materials is extremely important in improving module reliability, efficiency and durability,” said Eric Luo, President of GCL System. “DuPont has been committed to improving the industry level with innovations in solar materials and technology. We believe that the in-depth cooperation with DuPont will further enhance the quality, efficiency and reliability of our module products. The technology updates and integration, as well as collision of creative ideas, will bring us more innovation,” Luo added.
Under the agreements, DuPont will further collaborate with GCL System, SUMEC and China Lucky on the development of solar materials including: technical support, innovative photovoltaic technology solutions development, and analysis of module power degradation and failures.
Simply put, “Solar materials are the key to produce high-quality solar panels,” said Zheng Wenyao, General Manager of Lucky Film Co., Ltd. “High-performance membrane materials are one of our main businesses. DuPont is the world's leading supplier of solar materials. Further cooperation with DuPont will enhance the quality of our backsheets and maintain our technological advantages in photovoltaics."
Since 1975, more than half of the installed solar panels worldwide have used DuPont materials. DuPont Tedlar PVF film is the industry's established benchmark to protect solar panels in all climates for over 30 years. “The message is not to focus just on the module price and initial cost of the system, but to help customers understand the long-term benefits and how using high-quality materials can ensure longer lifetime, mitigate power degradation and lower the levelized cost of electricity,” said Eric Wang, Global Commercial Director, DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions.
“Reducing system levelized cost of electricity is the cornerstone of ensuring high returns,” agreed Cai Jibo, General Manager of SUMEC Group. “We are honored to have a strategic cooperation with DuPont, which enables us to better provide high-quality, high-standard, high-reliability clean energy solutions to our global customers, and to be the long-distance runner in the industry to jointly promote the healthy and sustainable development of the photovoltaic industry."
At CIIE, DuPont also will partner with Huanghe Hydropower Development Co., Ltd.(HHSD), the world’s largest solar energy installer and a leading clean energy subsidiary of State Power Investment Cooperation (SPIC) of China to feature its latest innovation, a 72-cell, high-power, bifacial module protected by the new, clear Tedlar PVF film-based backsheet.
“DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions has focused on R&D and innovation for more than 40 years and is committed to advancing photovoltaic materials science to help satisfy the growing global energy needs,” said Wang. “We are very pleased to showcase our scientific and technological achievements, interact with customers at CIIE, and promote collaborations with leading companies such as GCL System, SUMEC and China Lucky,” he added. “With deep expertise in solar materials, we look forward to supporting our industry partners to further optimize the efficiency and durability of solar modules, helping achieve stable return on investment, and jointly promoting the sustainable long-term development of the photovoltaic industry.”
DuPont has worked with many photovoltaic downstream partners to improve the power output and performance of solar panels, and to conduct field research on the reliability and failure modes of systems and modules. For more information on our recent findings see our 2018 Reliability Report.