DuPont’s Chinese division, DuPont China Holding Co., and China’s GD Solar on Wednesday signed a strategic collaborative agreement focused on improving the power output, quality and reliability of solar energy systems.
The companies, which announced the deal during the Renewable Energy Industries Forum in Shanghai, said they would collaborate on the research and development of materials applied to GD Solar panels and systems.
DuPont will supply key photovoltaic materials and work with GD Solar to optimize their performance and application for high-efficiency solar cells and panels, integrated frames, new protective backsheet constructions and other system components. The companies will also conduct field research on panel reliability and failure modes to learn more about materials critical impact on the daily operation of solar systems.
"By improving the power output, quality and reliability of solar panels through such studies, lower overall system costs can be achieved, spurring broader and faster adoption of solar energy," the companies said in a statement.
Walt Cheng, managing director of DuPont Electronics & Communications for Greater China, said, "DuPont and GD Solar share a common goal and commitment to help the solar energy industry provide a long-term, sustainable and positive energy source to meet the needs of the growing global population. Through our work with GD Solar, we can further assess the impact of materials on systems and continue to improve their performance."