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Coating Technologies Mix for Solar

Thursday, November 13, 2014

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A new aerosol deposition technology for anti-reflective (AR) coatings for solar glass applications is in the works, according to a joint announcement by its developers.

Royal DSM, a life sciences and materials company, and Beneq, a Finnish supplier of research equipment for thin-film and aerosol coatings, announced the product technology and exclusive collaboration Oct. 21.

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The collaboration will produce an AR coating solution that is ideal for applications that require “a superior coating quality on solar glass,” the companies say.

The enterprise combines Beneq’s recently released nFOG aerosol coating technology with DSM’s KhepriCoat AR coating.

According to the companies, the combination provides an AR coating solution that is ideal for applications that require “a superior coating quality on solar glass.”

Combining Technologies

nFOG is a new atmospheric wet coating technology that can be used with a variety of substrates.

The aerosol coating system, launched in September, is designed to work with a range of liquid source materials, including water- or alcohol-based solutions or colloids, according to Beneq.

KhepriCoat is an anti-reflective coating technology for solar cover glass. DSM says the product is durable, flexible and boosts light transmission of solar glass by around four percent, resulting in a considerable improvement in solar module efficiency.

The coating can be used in a wide-range of solar applications, including solar thermal collectors and concentrated photovoltaic modules.

Information on when the combined system might be released was not immediately available Wednesday (Nov. 12).

   

Tagged categories: Aerosol coatings; Coating chemistry; Coatings technology; Partnerships; Reflectance; Research; Solar

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