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Silicone under the spotlight

Because they can withstand extreme environmental conditions, silicones are ideal for solar panel and photovoltaic (PV) applications. And while solar cells themselves are made of silicon, silicones are used during module assembly and installation as encapsulants, coatings, potting agents, adhesives and sealants. We present an overview and an interview, courtesy of Dow Corning.

Dow Corning’s latest PV-5802 Electrically Conductive Adhesive is a high performance and reliable silicone-based ECA for back contact PV modules, which helps increase long term sustainability and reduces the overall cost. This material technology can potentially be applied beyond back contact modules and bring benefits to our customers for other type of modules.

Dr. Guy Beaucarne, Senior Application Engineer, will present a poster at the upcoming EUPVSEC event and will show the results of the study made with ECA interconnection and conductive backsheet on back-contact Metal Wrap Through (MWT) Modules. The study will look 
more specifically at the performance and reliability through material testing, accelerated aging and field testing.


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