BioSolar, Inc. has announced that it plans to begin commercial production of its BioBacksheet over the next few months and is currently getting ready for pre-production runs. The company’s announcement comes after a news reports states the Bio Solar has filed a comprehensive patent application to ensure BioSolar’s full protection on the BioBacksheet.
Dr. David Lee, BioSolar’s CEO, explained, “Pre-production pilot runs of BioBacksheets are very narrow, approximately one foot wide, while normal manufacturing runs will be five or six feet wide. Once pilot runs are successful, the next step is to transition to commercial production manufacturing runs. Physical properties of the backsheet from each pre-production run are measured, sample PV modules are produced, and tested before repeating the preproduction run.”
In a September 2008 report Beacon Equity Research analyst Victor Sula said that prior attempts to make solar backsheet with bioplastics had failed because of the material’s “low melting temperature and fragile molecular structure.” Sula also acknowledged that BioSolar had “overcome these constraints…[with] durability characteristics similar to conventional petroleum-based plastics.”