PolyOne’s ‘Syncure Solar’ wire cable solution supports overall BOS cost reduction

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PolyOne has introduced a new technology for PV systems wire and cable called ‘Syncure Solar.’ Available globally, this UV-resistant, cross-linked polyethylene (XLPE) system is claimed to meet UL 4703 and VW 1-compliance in one material, eliminating the need to use two separate insulation and jacketing formulations.

Problem

Increased emphasis on simplifying the wiring of PV systems is required to reduce BOS costs.  Providing electrical wiring insulation and jacketing in one format could simplify logistics, reduced cycle times, and support overall systems cost reduction.

Solution

Syncure Solar is claimed to provide multiple environmental benefits. First, it promotes the use of alternative energy by simplifying the wiring of PV systems. Because it complies with the stringent UL 4703 standard for PV wire as well as the UL 44 standard for interior wiring, it can be used seamlessly from the outside to the inside of a building in USE-2 (Underground Service Entrance) applications, thereby streamlining installation and eliminates the need to create a junction between interior and exterior wiring or cabling. Secondly, as a one-material solution it requires only one pass through the extruder (versus the industry norm of two) for simplified logistics, reducing cycle time, and overall systems cost reduction. Combining insulation and jacketing also allows for a thinner coating (60 mil versus the typical 75 mil), saving material costs.

Applications

Electrical cable and wire for wide-range of PV system installations.

Platform

Syncure Solar comes in two colors, natural and black, with comparable performance. Color concentrates from PolyOne can also provide a range of color options, allowing for easy, visual differentiation of wire and cable. It also provides a new option for improving efficiency, complying with RoHS requirements, and meeting sustainability goals.

Availability

April 2012 onwards.

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