Dow starts commercial scale production of solar encapsulants in Ohio

14 December 2010 23:18  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Dow Chemical began making polyolefin encapsulant films on a commercial scale for solar panels at a plant in Findlay, Ohio, the US-based company said on Tuesday.

Dow’s ENLIGHT films for use in photovoltaic solar panel modules improve the ability of module manufacturers to lower their overall costs by allowing faster processing speeds, the company said.

Dow said it offered two developmental grades of polyolefin encapsulant films and was also developing customer-specific formulations.

“These films provide greater module stability and improved electrical performance versus traditional encapsulants, such as EVA [ethylene vinyl acetate]-based products,” Dow said.

Dow said it planned to phase in production capacity around the world as needed to meet growing demand.

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