THE IMPORTANCE OF MATERIALS IN IMPROVING DURABILITY AND RELIABILITY IN PV SYSTEMS

Solar Media’s Liam Stoker speaks with Stephan Padlewski from DuPont about the prospects of bifacial modules with a detailed discussion of the importance of materials that can provide durability and reliability over a 30+ year period. The importance of using a thicker tempered glass frontsheet, with a Clear Tedlar® backsheet, in a conventional bifacial panel design, helps to mitigate risks observed in dual glass bifacial panels, such as panel bowing, breaking and cracking either in the field or during installation. Padlewski highlights the need for backsheets to be breathable, to prevent PID. He points to utility-scale projects in the Middle East with an LCOE below 1.5 cents per kWh, operating in harsh climatic conditions, making durability and reliability the most critical factors for developers and investors to consider. Liam Stoker, Editor in Chief, Solar Media Stephan Padlewski, Regional Marketing Manager, EMEA, DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions PLEASE NOTE: You must register (free) at https://digital.lss.solarenergyevents.com/register to receive an email with the URL to access this interview. You only need to register once to access all the live broadcasts and seminars during the Large Scale Solar Week (18-22 May 2020)

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