The high-volume commercial production and sales of BioSolar’s BioBacksheet has officially begun. Its bio-based backsheet for solar panels is a protective backing for PV solar modules, which aims to take the place of the petroleum-based backsheets currently used.
David Lee, CEO of BioSolar, commented, “This day has been four years in the making. We have finally completed the development of the world’s first commercial-grade green backsheet and are ramping up production and are able to accept and fulfill orders…”
BioSolar’s BioBacksheet consists of a polyamide resin produced from castor beans. The material is compounded with a secondary nonpetroleum material during the extrusion process forming a PV backsheet film.
“BioBacksheet’s [single layer] construction does not exhibit interlayer delamination, a common problem in conventional laminated backsheets. In addition to the use of renewable bio-based materials, BioBacksheet’s durability characteristics are equal to or better than those of multilayer conventional petroleum-based backsheets,” said Stanley Levy, CTO of BioSolar. “Most importantly, it is more cost effective when compared with similar grades of conventional petroleum-based backsheets.”