From: Editor, The Green Economy
Published February 3, 2012 08:41 AM

DuPont and Suntech Sign Strategic Agreement

To help increase the supply of photovoltaic materials and technologies for the growing global market for solar energy, the world's largest producer of solar panels has signed a strategic agreement with DuPont. The agreement focuses on technology advancements, supply chain optimization cost reduction initiatives, and DuPont™ Tedlar® polyvinyl fluoride film supply. The companies are also pursuing co-marketing opportunities. Their goal is to achieve faster and broader adoption of solar energy to reduce the world's dependence on fossil fuels. They intend to achieve the goal by further improving the technology for solar energy, helping to reduce its costs, and building greater awareness of its benefits to consumers.


"We're partnering with leading photovoltaic component suppliers around the world as we continue to make solar affordable for everyone, everywhere. With innovative companies like DuPont, the United States is a major contributor to the global photovoltaic supply chain and a net exporter of solar products to China and global markets," said Eric Luo, senior vice president of global supply chain at Suntech. "Creating higher efficiency solar cells and further extending the long life of solar modules is critical to achieving affordable solar power, and we've worked closely and very successfully with DuPont in this regard. We’re taking our collaboration to the next level with this agreement."

In November 2011, Suntech recognized DuPont with its annual Supplier Excellence Award for providing superior supply and technical service, product innovation, and collaboration. DuPont supplies DuPont™ Solamet® photovoltaic metallization pastes to help enhance the efficiency of solar cells made by Suntech, as well as DuPont™ Tedlar® polyvinyl fluoride film used in protective backsheets for Suntech solar modules. These materials are part of DuPont's broad and growing portfolio of products that improve the efficiency and lifetime of solar cells and modules, and help reduce overall system costs to make solar more competitive with traditional sources of energy. They are represented by DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions, which connects science and technology from across the company on a global scale to help support the dramatic growth in the photovoltaic industry.

"DuPont and Suntech have the highest standards for product quality, and sustainability is an important value for each of us. With these shared values, we look forward to bringing our offerings to more consumers as the global industry continues to grow," said David B. Miller, president of DuPont Electronics & Technologies. "Global partnerships, such as our work with Suntech, have been central to the solar industry's growth. Our work together in Masdar is a prime example of the benefits of our collaboration and of solar energy."

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