) has secured device patents from the U.S. and European Union
(EU) for photovoltaic encapsulant films used in solar panels.
These patents cover electronic devices having polyolefin
encapsulant films with specific commercially significant
physical, mechanical and compositional properties.
In addition to U.S. and EU patents, Dow earlier received
similar patents in China and Philippines with additional patents
pending in a number of countries.
Dow's ENLIGHT polyolefin encapsulant films have been designed
for use in photovoltaic solar panels. Photovoltaics is the
conversion of sunlight into electricity.
Dow offers several commercial grades of ENLIGHT films that
helps customers meet their specific needs. These films offers
better module stability and increased electrical performance
vis-à-vis conventional encapsulants such as ethylene-vinyl
acetate (EVA)-based materials.
Unlike traditional films, ENLIGHT increases long-term
efficiency of photovoltaic panels, helps improve service life,
retains module reliability and allows the industry to rein in
overall system costs. Modules made with ENLIGHT have shown to
maintain efficiency levels even after more than 10,000 hours of
damp heat exposure compared with 2,000 hours for EVA-based
materials. The ENLIGHT films enable panel manufacturers to
potentially increase yield and capacity by reducing production
time by up to 30%.
Dow continues to develop technologies that exploit the power
of the sun and helps in converting solar energy into an efficient
source of electricity. In addition to ENLIGHT, the company's
other notable offering includes the DOW POWERHOUSE solar shingle
Dow is benefiting from strong fundamentals in the agriculture
and food markets, and is leveraging its North American feedstock
advantage. A string of innovative products in its pipeline adds
to its strength.
Moreover, Dow remains committed to its cost reduction and
efficiency programs while reducing debt, improving cash flows and
maximizing shareholder returns. The company also continues to
invest in attractive regions through highly-accretive
Dow is a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) stock.
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