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Beneq and DSM partner to introduce a novel aerosol deposition technology for solar applications

Urmond, NL, 22 Oct 2014 09:30 CEST

Combination of nFOG™ and KhepriCoat® technologies to deliver superior  quality of anti-reflective (AR) coating on solar cover glass

Royal DSM, the global Life Sciences and Materials Sciences company, and Beneq, the Finnish supplier of production and research equipment for thin-film ALD and aerosol coatings, are working together developing and commercializing a completely new and superior aerosol deposition technology for AR coatings for solar glass applications.

DSM's recently opened Solar Technologies Demonstration Center, Pune, India, photo ©Ipshita Maitra

In this exclusive collaboration, Beneq will contribute its recently released nFOG™ aerosol coating technology while DSM will provide its unique KhepriCoat® AR coating. The combination of these two technologies provides an AR coating solution that is ideal for applications that require a superior coating quality on solar glass.

The demands of the solar market industry in terms of quality are increasing,” says Oscar Goddijn, Vice President of DSM Advanced Surfaces. “We’re delighted to partner with Beneq, which has established itself as an undisputed leader in the development of innovative deposition technologies for the solar industry. This kind of open innovation is also extremely important to DSM. Together, we’ll be able to leverage and amplify our unique areas of expertise to offer the solar market the next generation of AR coating technology that’s designed to meet their needs.”

Combining top technology

nFOG is Beneq’s innovative new atmospheric wet coating technology, which offers a unique combination of high speed, cost effectiveness and great flexibility in terms of the dimensions of the substrates it can be used with.

DSM’s unique KhepriCoat is the best-performing anti-reflective coating technology for solar cover glass on the market today. It maximizes light transmission by minimizing reflection, which can lead to an energy gain in solar module output in the range of 4%. KhepriCoat can be used in a wide range of solar applications, including cSi, thin-film, concentrated photovoltaic modules and solar thermal collectors. KhepriCoat improves the cost/performance ratio, lowering both the cost/Watt-peak (Wp) and the Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE). KhepriCoat combines high durability with easy cleanability in the module production and installation process, as well as throughout the module lifetime.

Faster, more flexible response to industry

With this new joint offering, we look forward to taking our new nFOG technology to the market faster with the unique KhepriCoat AR coating material. Together with DSM, we can now approach customers with a highly superior, complete solution that offers both the material and the coating technology,” says Sampo Ahonen, CEO, Beneq.

Meeting future energy needs

Solar energy is widely recognized as an important alternative and renewable source of energy. By the end of 2014, global installed photovoltaic capacity will have reached 180 GW (data from European Photovoltaic Industry Association). This can generate approximately 1% of the global demand for electricity, which is comparable to the capacity of 180 large-size nuclear power plants. Worldwide growth of the global photovoltaic market is predicted to be 10-20% annually (EPIA).

About Beneq

Beneq, a leading supplier of production and research equipment for thin-film coatings, is also the world’s premier manufacturer and developer of thin-film electroluminescent (TFEL) displays. Beneq equipment and thin-film experience is used for improving the efficiency of crystalline silicon and thin-film solar cells, enhancing the durability of organic electronics and protecting silver from tarnishing. In addition to process equipment, Beneq also offers job coating.

Beneq is a registered trademark of Beneq Oy. nFOG is a trademark of Beneq Oy.