Kuraray sends samples of new PV module encapsulant film
Oct 2, 2013 - Japanese speciality chemicals firm Kuraray Co Ltd (TYO:3405) said Tuesday it had started sending to test markets samples of its high-durability encapsulant polyvinyl butyral (PVB) films for photovoltaic(PV) modules.
Encapsulants are used to protect electrodes, wires and other interior components in the PV cell from water and shocks.
The company developed the PV module encapsulant PVB film in a response to increased market demand for lower-cost solar equipment. Kuraray says that its product allows manufacturers to make lighter modules that are also less expensive. “For PV modules, demand is rising for improved reliability in harsh environments, lower installation burdens and better usability through lighter designs, as well as reductions in cost,” the company noted.
Kuraray did not reveal details on the test markets and customers that will receive samples of the product.