The climate of Arizona is very sunny and dry; therefore it is chosen for testing of photovoltaic modules and materials and is one of the best sites for solar power farming.
Taking this into consideration, AMI will organize its international conference on Plastics in Photovoltaics 2012 at The Hyatt Regency Phoenix, Arizona. This conference will be held from 19 to 20 September, 2012. The event will commence with Professor Dauskardt of Stanford University reviewing about the challenges for plastics used in photovoltaics,
An ideal opportunity is offered through this conference to review the new improvements found in polymer materials for use in solar applications, which include back sheets, encapsulants and front sheets. Encapsulants are significantly involved in the protection of the silicon element. Germany-based Fraunhofer CSP has searched for alternative techniques for polymer cross linking. New equipment for this material extrusion and sheeting has been developed by KraussMaffei Berstorff. Dow Chemical developed other alternative polyolefin materials.
Imerys and BASF have specifically developed additives in order to enhance polymer performance in photovoltaics. Atlas Material Testing Technology is a pioneer in the weathering field. Attempts are being made to harmonize international standards between the various certifying bodies like UL and IEC. US-based The Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy is looking into the property needs for photovoltaic modules.
The SBM Solar modules are included in the new innovations and are the commercialized durable polymer films and no-glass structures from 3M. Module specifications vary, as the solar panel conditions differ around the planet. Evonik Industries has made backsheets available for use in the harsh conditions.