We see a future powered by sustainable energy with starring role for solar – and it’s in our lifetime. In fact, by 2050 it could be possible that 25- 50% of the world’s energy is delivered by solar. At DSM we’re more focused than ever on how to get there – through in-depth research and applied technology development that will bring new innovative material solutions in both the short and long-term. And all in close cooperation with our partners.
At DSM that means putting our science-based innovation engine to work developing materials and technologies that further lower the Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE). We strive to create what we call Brighter Living Solutions - profitable products and innovations that have a measurably better on our planet and its people than the mainstream solutions.
Chinese PV manufacturer Suntech and DSM have announced the further consolidation of their long-term strategic partnership after the two companies showcased a new module at the Suntech Global Summit 2019 featuring DSM materials.
The new Suntech modules were shown to deliver improved durability with less power loss than those featuring conventional backsheets; while also providing added protection against dust and sand.
The two companies now plan to work together on the further development of customized PV modules and joint brand promotion.
Our Anti-Soiling coating for PV modules in harsh, dry climates is proven to increase power gain by 3% versus uncoated glass (in flash tests). But there is more: Modules treated with this coating soil less quickly and are easier to clean. By reducing the soiling rate the modules can maintain their optimal performance for longer, while reducing the number of cleaning cycles, labor and consumables needed to clean solar installations. Of course, every PV park is unique, which is why we’ve launched an online calculation tool for project developers and PV park owners looking to increase performance and IRR. Simply input basic information like park size, cleaning costs, soiling rate and electricity price – and we’ll provide you with an estimate of potential savings.
We even offer a more advanced version of the tool offline - that provides a more detailed estimate; you just need to provide more information. To find out more, contact us and our team will be delighted to help you build a business case for tackling soiling and dirt.
What could encapsulate the spirit of solar technology more than a solar park built on wasteland that uses minimal natural resources while generating maximum power from the sun?
This is exactly what DSM has achieved through a unique cooperation with NaGa Solar and Chemelot at the Louisegroeve solar park on the Chemelot site in the southern Netherlands. Not only does the site preserve valuable agricultural land, it’s proving to be an invaluable independent test site (evaluated by the Fraunhofer Institute) for the next generation of solar materials and technology from DSM. This includes our Endurance backsheets for PV modules, which are already unlocking new value by delivering maximum protection and long-term power gain at a competitive price.
Solar park owners with older solar panels that don’t feature Anti-Reflective (AR) coatings, will soon be able to benefit from a new AR coating from DSM that can be applied directly onto PV modules installed in the field via a ‘retrofit’.
The DSM team is now working on an “in-field” coating applicator to scale-up the coating application method and thus provide an industrially friendly solution. In fact, we invite commercial and testing partners to further evaluate our retrofit coating in current solar plants, and welcome the opportunity to discuss a joint market approach.
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