Lightweight Polymer Solar Panel
Polyamide Honeycomb Technology
Armageddon Energy, EconCore and DuPont joined forces to create a new lightweight polymer solar panel, which is one-third the weight of a standard glass solar panel while being significantly more rugged and resistant to damage than standard panels. The key advantages of the Armageddon solar panel design include 70 to 80% lower weight, minimal need for cleaning, greatly improved resistance to typical kinds of damage suffered by solar panels and unique adaptiveness to challenging applications.
Underlying these advantages is a thermoplastic honeycomb sandwich panel technology developed by EconCore N.V. in Belgium. The EconCore substrate is an exceptionally strong, lightweight polyamide (DuPont Zytel) honeycomb material that is produced continuously and can be in-line laminated with skin layers (DuPont Vizilon) to deliver a cost-effective sandwich product uniquely suited to high-volume production.
DuPont Performance Materials provides an exceptionally strong and durable version of its Vizilon thermoplastic composite to reinforce the substrates, as well as a tough Zytel polyamide resin for the honeycomb core. “DuPont has a big footprint in solar with products like DuPont Tedlar backsheet films and Solamet metallization pastes, and we’re delighted to add this unique application of Vizilon thermoplastic composites to that portfolio,” said Jan Sawgle, Program Manager, DuPont Performance Polymers.
Together with strategic partners EconCore and DuPont Performance Polymers, Armageddon Energy was awarded a prestigious JEC Innovation Award for this PV honeycomb sandwich panel development.
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