Better together in solar
The list of our partners is long, but just some of the key ones include: Flat Glass Group, Wuxi Suntech, BENEQ, Fraunhofer ISE, CPVT Shanghai, Greentown Labs, Apricum and Lux Research, as well as research partnerships with Technical Universities of Delft and Eindhoven, and Oxford University.
Here’s a brief flavor of the work we are doing.
Silfab Solar is North America’s largest PV module manufacturer – and now it’s using our lossless conductive backsheets for its next generation of PV modules based on back-contact cell technology.
The strategic alliance between DSM and Silfab is good news for customers, but it’s also good news for the planet. The combination of Silfab’s industry leading designs with our own innovative solar materials that minimize electrical losses will enable a significant increase in power output compared to conventional modules. And that’s just today. Who knows what our bright minds will achieve in the future?
Accurate test data is essential in a relatively young industry like solar. Which is why we work closely with renowned industry experts like the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy (ISE) to validate the performance of our solar materials both in the lab and the field.
This non-profit organization uses sophisticated software systems and techniques to analyze the performance of our solar test sites – taking into account a broad range of factors, not least how weather affects solar modules in the field.
In the quest to bring higher-quality coated solar glass to the market we joined forces with the Finish thin film equipment manufacturer BENEQ.
Their unique nFOG™ aerosol technology offers a combination of speed and flexibility in terms of the dimensions of the substrates that can be applied on the Aerosol Coater. All of which makes it the ideal match for producing glass coated with our own advanced Anti-Reflective coatings.
This open innovation agreement is now paving the way for coated solar glass with better visual quality and aesthetics.
We are proud to be a partner of Greentown Labs - the United States’ largest cleantech incubator.
By giving ambitious cleantech and solar entrepreneurs access to DSM resources, knowledge and expertise - especially in materials science and its application - we are helping to nurture a new generation of companies and solutions with the potential to help the solar industry continue lowering LCOE.
For example through the SunRISE Techbridge Challenge I & II (which also includes participation from Fraunhofer CSE) we have identified some 100 innovative startups over the past two years and rewarded them with various resources and funding opportunities.