BASF, Worldlight release new PV module frame based on polyurethane


German chemical company BASF and Jiangsu Worldlight New Material, a Chinese PV panel frame specialist, have developed a new solar module frame made of glass fiber-reinforced polyurethane (PU) composite, combined with a water-borne coating solution.

“The PV frame, made with an industry-leading total solution that results in an 85% reduction in product carbon footprint compared to aluminum frames,” BASF said in a statement. “The water-borne coating solution further reduces the emission of volatile organic compounds by more than 90%.”

The manufacturers claim that the new solution offers better insulation at a lower weight and with a longer lifespan than aluminum products. They did not reveal any additional technical details about the new product.

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