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Arkema at Solar Qatar Summit: Exhibited its Kynar® PVDF Film for PV Panel Backsheet Protection

Published on 2013-11-21. Author : SpecialChem

The lifetime of solar panels spans 25 to 30 years: therefore its components have to deliver long-lasting top performance. A challenge taken up successfully by Arkema thanks to its Kynar® PVDF film for PV panel backsheet protection. Arkema is participating in the Solar Qatar Summit held in Doha on November 18- 19 to present this high added value Arkema patented film technology based on three ultra-thin Kynar® PVDF layers.

Kynar® polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) film is a key element in the design of the panel for back sheet protection. Its excellent temperature, moisture, abrasion and UV resistance, together with its white color stability which helps reflect light toward the silicon, are key factors in the panel’s long service life.

Recentlty, Arkema has teamed up with German company Krempel to develop a unique back sheet, branded KPK® comprising two Kynar® films over a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) core film.

"Our premium and very durable three-layers Kynar® film has a proven lifetime expectancy of more than 25 years, especially when it is used in the KPK back sheet protection. Sufficiently competitive, this film is very well positioned to serve the domestic market of the photovoltaic solar field, especially in the deserts of the Middle East where abrasion from sandstorms and very high UV sunshine create extreme weather conditions", explains Bernard Schlinquer, Global Manager Kynar Film & Photovoltaics. Bernard Schlinquer made presentation on "how Fluoropolymer films boost photovoltaic panel durability".

Arkema is able to offer this film of unrivalled quality at competitive price anywhere in the world thanks to its three Kynar® PVDF plants, in the US, France and China.

About Arkema

A global chemical company and one of France's leading chemicals producers, Arkema is building the future of the chemical industry every day. Deploying a responsible, innovation-based approach, it produces state-of-the-art specialty chemicals that provide customers with practical solutions to such challenges as climate change, access to drinking water, the future of energy, fossil fuel preservation and the need for lighter materials. With operations in more than 40 countries, some 14,000 employees and 10 research centers, Arkema generates annual revenue of €6.4 billion, and holds leadership positions in all its markets with a portfolio of internationally recognized brands.

Source: Arkema

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