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3M Completes U.S. Manufacturing Expansion for Solar Film
Jun 26, 2012
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3M completed the expansion of its manufacturing facility in Columbia, MO, for Ultra Barrier Solar Film.

The expansion will help it meet growing demand for high efficiency flexible photovoltaic (PV) modules.

New production equipment and product innovation will help the company drive down costs, according to Derek DeScioli, Global Business Development Manager for the 3M Renewable Energy Division. That will help customers provide competitive PV to the commercial rooftop market

The Ultra Barrier Solar Film acts as a replacement for glass and is engineered for high light transmission, a high level of moisture barrier performance, and excellent weatherability.

The company said that, compared with rigid glass modules, large area, light weight flexible PV modules made using the solar film can achieve significantly lower balance of systems (BOS) costs by requiring less installation time, removing the need for metal racking, and reducing logistics expenditures. The film may also enable lower module manufacturing costs by allowing manufacturers to commercialize large area modules assembled in a continuous roll-to-roll process.

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