Dow Opens Photovoltaics Films Application Lab in Shanghai

Published November 7th 2012 at 1:35pm
Dow Chemical 

The Dow Chemical Company announced today that it has opened a Photovoltaics Films Application Laboratory in Shanghai to help customers in the Asia-Pacific region improve how they harness the power of the sun with ENLIGHT™ Polyolefin Films technologies and solutions.

"Asia-Pacific is an important and growing market for our ENLIGHT™ Polyolefin Encapsulant Films and Back Encapsulant Composite materials," says Hawk Gao, Asia-Pacific Business Development Manager for the Photovoltaics Business.

Dow has commercialized polyolefin-based encapsulant films and launched the back encapsulant composite films that are enabling photovoltaic panel manufacturers to make efficient, long-lasting and innovative products for the global market. Earlier this year, Dow opened a manufacturing facility in Map Ta Phut, Thailand, to make these ENLIGHT™ products.

"We want to support this growth with a strong, local applications laboratory that can meet current and future needs of customers who are designing and making photovoltaic panels. We think our products are especially valuable to those who want to take advantage of some of the newest technology on the market," said Tom Burns, Global R&D Director for the business.

The newly opened Photovoltaics Films Applications Laboratory is located within the Shanghai Dow Center. A sampling of the lab's capabilities includes:

- Lamination of films for testing in PV modules
- Accelerated weather testing
- Electrical resistance testing
- Moisture testing
- Haze/gloss measurements for films
- Glass adhesion testing


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