PV materials start-up, SolarExcel based in the Netherlands has been acquired by major industrial materials form, DSM for an undisclosed sum.
Still under development since 2007, SolarExcel had been working on a light trapping textured polymeric sheet material that could be laminated to the top glass used in PV modules, both crystalline and thin-film.
SolarExcel is to be integrated into DSM Advanced Surfaces, part of the DSM Innovation Center, according to the company, which was established in 2010 to focus on PV technologies.
Oscar Goddijn, VP DSM Advanced Surfaces said, “The light trapping technology perfectly complements our portfolio. Light trapping is the ultimate technology in optimizing the efficiency of solar modules and therefore reducing the energy costs per unit (Wp) as well as increasing its performance in use (kWh). We believe this technology to be a next step in solar light management and expect strong interest from high end module makers.”
SolarExcel had been offering 400 x 400 mm sheet material for evaluation purposes but had noted on their website that it previously planned to offer 1200 x 1700 mm sized sheet for commercial applications in 2012.