|[December 03, 2012]
Dow ENLIGHT™ Photovoltaic Films Achieve New Commercial Milestones in 2012
MIDLAND, Mich. --(Business Wire)--
The Dow Chemical Company's (NYSE:DOW) high-performance ENLIGHT™
Photovoltaic Films marked a number of significant commercial milestones
in 2012 with the introduction of new products, additional manufacturing
locations and continued technical advancements all aimed at delivering
enhanced levels of efficiency and performance to solar panel
ENLIGHT™ polyolefin-based films from Dow enable photovoltaic cells to
work more efficiently at a lower cost, which extends the useful life of
solar panels. Due to strong demand, Dow inaugurated a new ENLIGHT™
Photovoltaic Film production facility in Thailand in July, located close
to fast growing panel production markets in the Asia Pacific region.
New Products Launched in 2012
Dow introduced ENLIGHT™ Back Encapsulant Composite Films, a new "2-in-1"
technology that serves as both a backsheet and back encapsulant layer
for photovoltaic panels. The simplified structure eliminates
delamination that can occur in today's panels - helping to assure good
panel performance and lower lifetime system costs.
Next generation ENLIGHT™ Polyolefin Encapsulant films were also
introduced. These new films retain their advantage in moisture
resistance, adhesion, and long term weathering performance with
additional advances in extended electrical properties and optical
transmission, leading to overall increased power generation when
compared with more traditional EVA-based encapsulant films.
In addition, next-generation ENLIGHT Films now have five times better
Potential Induced Degradation (PID) resistance compared with EVA films,
showing only 15 - 20 percent loss in power after accelerated aging,
versus a 90 percent loss for EVA under the same conditions.
Additional Production Capacity - Incluing Installed Solar Panel Power
In July, Dow completed construction of a new, state-of-the-art
manufacturing facility for these breakthrough products in Map Ta Phut,
Thailand, which has doubled global production capacity for ENLIGHT™
Films. The Map Ta Phut operation has been built with the latest energy
efficiency techniques and also recently completed the installation of a
100 KW high efficiency solar panel system on the roof of its
manufacturing plant. This system, which will be in place for
approximately 25 years, will generate enough electricity to offset 4
million pounds of green house gases that would have been emitted by
fossil fuels during that time, or the equivalent of planting 35 acres of
The next phase of manufacturing expansion will take place at Dow's
integrated site in Schkopau, Germany. This facility will come on-stream
in 2013, and will be Dow's third manufacturing facility, behind Findlay,
Ohio and Map Ta Phut.
Dow is also a partner in the new Fraunhofer (News - Alert) Innovation Cluster, or "SolarKunststoff,"
which was opened at the Dow ValuePark in Schkopau at the end of October.
Fraunhofer will use this site to coordinate the activities of solar and
plastics producers across Central Germany in an effort to drive
technological advancement in the sector.
"Dow is committed to finding new and innovative ways to leverage the
capabilities of polyolefin technology for the most demanding needs of
the growing solar industry," said Brij Sinha, Associate Director of
Global Strategic Marketing for Dow's Photovoltaic business. "We are
using what we learn from working closely with leading module
manufacturers around the world to design new products and manufacturing
systems to enable them to make panels with improved processing, enhanced
performance and lower total lifetime systems costs. Leading industry
reports underscore the demand for performance and cost improvements in
photovoltaic materials. Dow's polyolefin-based ENLIGHT™ Film Technology
can help do just that."
Dow's Photovoltaic Business is one of seven Dow businesses that serve
the needs of the solar value chain - through solar farms, rigid and
flexible photovoltaic modules, concentrated solar power systems and
solar shingles for residential use.
Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology to
passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company
connects chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability
to help address many of the world's most challenging problems such as
the need for clean water, renewable energy generation and conservation,
and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's diversified
industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials,
agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of
technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately
160 countries and in high growth sectors such as electronics, water,
energy, coatings and agriculture. In 2011, Dow had annual sales of $60
billion and employed approximately 52,000 people worldwide. The
Company's more than 5,000 products are manufactured at 197 sites in 36
countries across the globe. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean
The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless
otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at www.dow.com.
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