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DSM's Solar Technologies Demonstration Center, Pune, India

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.

Backsheets

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).

Anti-Soiling Coating

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.

Offshore windfarm

Lifting slings in offshore wind turbine installation

In the offshore wind farm construction sector, safety is key and regulations are strict. Typically, wind farm installation has been conducted using generic rope materials. However, demand has been growing for stronger and lighter materials to do the heavy lifting as sizes increase, yet suitable to avoid damages to delicate components (such as monopiles, nacelles, substations and blades).

Slings made from Dyneema® are 7 times lighter than steel equivalents and float on water, yielding considerable operational efficiencies in offshore wind farm construction. Because of the significant time and energy savings, this solution enables the offshore wind energy industry to become more competitive in the electricity market.

Mooring ropes for floating offshore wind turbines

Dyneema Max Technology is the solution for mooring floating offshore platforms with multi mega-watt wind turbines. It is specifically designed for use in permanently loaded applications in which creep is a consideration. Typically, these include offshore deep water mooring lines, standing rigging, guys and stays, and some webbings.

With mooring lines made with Dyneema Max Technology offshore wind platforms will be better connected to the sea bed at a lower overall cost and thereby lower the overall cost of offshore wind energy.

Corn crop residue collection

Cellulosic bio-ethanol

The POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels joint venture operates a commercial-scale production facility for cellulosic bio-ethanol in Emmetsburg (Iowa, USA) known as Project Liberty. It processes corn-crop residues through a bioconversion process (using enzymatic hydrolysis, followed by fermentation). The facility, officially opened in September 2014 is the first and to date, only commercial-scale producer of so-called ‘2G’ (second generation) cellulosic ethanol in the USA.

At full capacity the facility will process 770 tons of corn cobs, leaves, husk on a daily basis to produce 20 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol per year, later ramping up to 25 million gallons per year.

In February of 2017 POET-DSM announced plans for an on-site enzyme manufacturing facility at Project Liberty. This improves the environmental impact of the production process significantly; no more stabilizers or other chemicals will be required for enzyme transportation.