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DSM Advanced Surfaces

Creating a winning solar module

How far can our material solutions for PV modules take your business? For the Nuon Solar Team the goal is 4,500km. Our unique light-trapping technology is now being used in solar panels for their champion Nuna8S solar car.
Nuna 8S arrives in South Africa

The Nuon team - a group of bright minds from the TU Delft (Technical University) - is set to race in The Sasol Solar Challenge in South Africa on 24 September 2016. This long-distance desert race asks contestants just one simple question: How far can you drive in eight days based purely on the power of the sun?

Our unique light-trapping solar panel is now enabling the team to capture and use the sun’s energy more effectively to create more power - even when at its lowest and highest points of the day. As a result the team expects to go further than its competitors.

If your business would like to do the same, here are some of the materials solutions we are developing to get the very most from solar modules.

Same sun. More power™

Light Trapping Technology

More Power with Light-Trapping Technology

Just one promising market for this technology is in new bifacial modules that capture both direct and reflected (diffused) light. A durable polymeric layer is applied to the surface of the module’s rear-facing glass to maximize the collection of reflected light while also trapping direct light inside, again optimizing energy output.

More Power with Anti-Reflective (AR) Coating

We offer the best-performing AR coating technology for solar cover glass on the market. By reducing the amount of sunlight reflected back off the panels, the anti-reflective coating captures more of the sun’s energy. In turn more energy is produced by each solar panel, bringing down the levelized cost of energy (LCOE).

More Power with backsheets

Our high-reflectivity photovoltaic (PV) backsheet is another solution that brings down the LCOE: Available for 1,000 and 1,500-volt systems, it boosts solar power and outperforms existing products when it comes to durability.

More Power with anti-soiling coating

Our anti-soiling coating helps keep solar cover glass clean and is now being tested at several sites around the world; we believe this innovation offers possibilities to change the way all solar PV parks are maintained.

If you would like to know more about our commitment to solar, the solutions we offer, and how they can help your business, contact us today.