DuPont has extended the rights of a license agreement with Toppan,that will double Toppan’s immediate supply capability for the full-scale commercial production of DuPont Tedlar PV2400 polyvinyl fluoride (PVF) film. Toppan’s capacity levels were not disclosed.
“Demand for Tedlar is growing and an essential element of meeting that demand is expanding the immediate supply capability with Tedlar PV2400 at Toppan,” noted John Odom, global business director, DuPont Photovoltaic Fluoromaterials. “This agreement demonstrates how innovation and collaboration can support our growing industry and benefit our customers by providing critical materials that deliver proven durability and maximize power output over time for solar modules.”
“A growing number of leading module makers are qualifying and certifying Tedlar PV2400 for their modules, and we anticipate even greater demand in the future,” commented Hiroshi Iwase, division director, Toppan Functional Products Division. “We are pleased with the success of our collaboration with DuPont, and excited about further expanding our supply capability. We also are exploring new innovations in backsheet products based on Tedlar PV2400 technology to meet our customers’ future needs.”
DuPont noted that in 2008, it had developed a proprietary technology to produce backsheet containing Tedlar in a single step, and signed an initial technology licensing agreement with Toppan to commercialize backsheet for photovoltaic modules using the technology.
A US$295 million investment by DuPont was made to more than double Tedlar production capacity in 2011.