International conference on Polymers in Photovoltaics

Applied Market Information (AMI) has announced that the second international conference on Polymers in Photovoltaics is set to be held in April 2011 at Cologne. Photovoltaic manufacturing is still undergoing change in terms of technology and materials. Production costs per module need to come down to a more profitable level while maintaining durability and enhancing performance and functionality. The Polymers in Photovoltaics conference will discuss these issues. Speakers will outline the market situation and future prospects, as well as the latest developments in modules. A range of polymer materials is in use in solar modules in functions such as backsheets, silicon encapsulants, sealants and adhesives, and front sheets. Multilayer, multi-material structures are now common for backing sheets with different functions provided by each layer. Industry standards are being developed by bodies such as Underwriters Laboratories and TUV with flammability and weathering performance testing. Polymers offer flexibility in production and use, however, they must be properly specified and selected and there must be good inter-material adhesion and compatibility under the high-performance conditions of moisture, sunlight, wind and snow in different areas of the world. Polymers in Photovoltaics 2011 will bring together materials experts, module component and module manufacturers to discuss the best materials and manufacturing technologies for the solar industry.
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