Improving solar performance to lower cost
DSM offers the industry-leading Anti Reflective (AR) coating technology for solar cover glass on the market. By reducing the amount of sunlight reflected back off the panels, the AR coating captures more of the sun’s energy.
More recently DSM has added to its solar portfolio with the acquisition of the technology and other assets of Suzhou SunShine New Materials Technology - the manufacturer of a novel, high-performance solar photovoltaic (PV) backsheet, based on co-extrusion technology. This technology eliminates the use of adhesives so the DSM backsheet becomes 100% recyclable, no organic solvents are emitted and less energy is required in production. With this acquisition, DSM embraces a new generation of innovative, adhesive- and back-sheets. In addition, the non-fluorinated material balances the needs of the rapidly developing PV industry with the need to ensure end-of-life recyclability and other environmental benefits.
DSM has also agreed a strategic partnership with ET Solar to accelerate market penetration of PV modules featuring these sustainable and durable backsheets. This will make a significant contribution to further lowering the levelized cost of energy (LCOE).
DSM further announced it has developed an Anti-Soiling (AS) coating for Photovoltaic (PV) solar glass, specifically designed for PV modules in dry, desert-like climates. It delivers a performance win-win by securing highest module output, while simultaneously boosting electricity by reducing soiling losses from dust and dirt – traditionally a major challenge in arid conditions.