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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 answer was 4,716.7 km.

They completed the Sasol Solar Challenge in South Africa on 1 October 2016 after eight days of racing powered solely by the sun.

Specifically, our unique light-trapping solar panel enabled 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. The result? The team travelled further than its competitors – and won the race!

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.