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Several new product developments and research breakthroughs offer potential to improve the thin film photovoltaics (PV) manufacturing process. Generally EVA film is used for encapsulation of PV- an alternative to EVA film has been developed. In another development, colorless polyamide film is used as a flexible superstrate for cadmium telluride (CdTe) thin film PV modules. A research finding may make the manufacture of thin film PV more efficient with development of depositing CIG cells simultaneously on micrometer thin polymer film, without compromising efficiency. A specially coated barrier film to shield thin-film solar cell from water vapor and oxygen and to enhance the cell’s lifetime is under development. Read more in
The global solar power industry is continuing to grow exponentially, with a total installations of 16000 MW of PV systems in 2010, up from 7200 MW in 2009. This expansion is expected to continue into 2011. A wide variety of polymers is already in use including EVA, PVB, silicone, fluoropolymers, PMMA, thermoplastic elastomers, EPDM, polyamide and PET. To know about the use of polymers in modules used for rural electrification, development of standards and performance testing, new lightweight crystalline silicon technolog, PET based backsheets as an alternative to fluoropolymers, improvements in encapsulation, etc, read
Polyethylene geomembrane can be used as a waterproofing membrane in the building and construction industry. It could also be used in vertical and horizontal walls of building and construction preventing water seepage and leading to longevity of the building. In vertical walls, PE geomembrane could be inserted in each brick so that the PE film stands in a vertical position. To know about the cost benefit of PE geomembranes to endusers, the payback to the enduser, properties and manufacturing Process of 3 layer PE Geomembranes, etc, read
This is a turbulent time for monoethylene glycol (MEG), where markets are seeing volatile pricing and unclear prospects amid tight supply caused by plant turnarounds, while demand has been weak. In March, Asian MEG prices were expected to fall after a long uptrend due to ample supply. Sentiment was bearish, compelling several producers to announce planned turnarounds that has resulted in increased market tightness, with worries that there will not be enough product to satisfy growing demand. Read more in
The BP oil spill was an spill in the Gulf of Mexico which flowed for three months in 2010. It is the largest accidental marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry. Among the many materials and devices used to protect the sensitive Gulf Coast from history’s largest oil spill are adsorbent ‘booms’ primarily made from polypropylene nonwovens. Read more in
Besides having more powerful batteries, hybrid cars of the future could see developments to help store energy in their doors, hoods and roofs. Car parts could serve as capacitors, allowing for smaller and more lightweight batteries, thus increasing a hybrid’s range. To know more about lightweight auto body components that also store electricity, read
NatureWorks LLC is the first company to offer a family of commercially available, low-carbon footprint biopolymers derived from 100% annually renewable resources with performance and economics that compete with oil-based plastics and fibers. Interesting product developments were discussed at an international biopolymers conference. The conference captured for the first time in one forum the innovations occurring with this material throughout the supplier chain, from resin to retail. To know more about the latest bio-based market introductions, green marketing approaches, new fibre and plastics technologies, product developments, and advances in after-use, 'cradle-to-cradle' options, read,
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