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Glass for photovoltaics - a promising material for the future

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By Joachim Schmid, Managing Director, VDMA

Glass has been playing an ever more important role in photovoltaics, and with the increasing demand for solar modules, the glass industry will be pushed even more to the fore. As a result, the photovoltaics industry is fast becoming a field of business of increasing importance for some of the glass industry’s sectors. Mechanical engineering companies around the world are working to meet the demands of the solar industry, with the tremendous potential of glass, especially in the thin-film sector, at the epicentre of this effort. This paper presents the beneficial properties of glass for use in the photovoltaics industry, and the material’s potential for future applications.

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