FLEXOSKIN® barrier film for protection of flexible photovoltaics

Transparent and weather-resistant protective layer opens up new areas of applications

(PresseBox) (Essen, ) The name says it all. Like a protective skin, the new FLEXOSKIN® barrier film from Evonik Industries covers flexible photovoltaic modules to protect them against the adverse effects of wind and weather. Although FLEXOSKIN® is highly transparent and transmits visible light; it blocks harmful UV radiation and also prevents penetration of moisture. In this way, the flexible barrier film performs a similar function to the heavy glass plates used for rigid modules.

The barrier film was introduced in Europe under its new brand name at the PVSEC photovoltaics trade show in Hamburg, Germany. The U.S. launch followed shortly after, at the Solar Power International trade show in Dallas, Texas.

Evonik's barrier film has been specially developed to meet the requirements of the photovoltaic's industry; bringing to the market a cost-effective product with high barrier properties. This combination of cost savings and product performance fills that gap in respect of currently available barrier films.

The material combination of FLEXOSKIN® thus allows the use of flexible photovoltaics in locations where heavy, rigid modules cannot be used, as on flat roofs of large industrial halls and residential buildings that for structural reasons may be loaded only to a limited extent, on car roofs and backpacks, where the flexible photovoltaic modules can serve as mobile power sources.

FLEXOSKIN® is currently being tested by various customers. Samples are available, also in the form of rolls with widths of up to 1200 mm.

Disclaimer

In so far as forecasts or expectations are expressed in this press release or where our statements concern the future, these forecasts, expectations or statements may involve known or unknown risks and uncertainties. Actual results or developments may vary, depending on changes in the operating environment. Neither Evonik Industries AG nor its group companies assume an obligation to update the forecasts, expectations or statements contained in this release.

Evonik Industries AG

Evonik, the creative industrial group from Germany, is one of the world leaders in specialty chemicals. Its activities focus on the key megatrends health, nutrition, resource efficiency and globalization. In 2010 about 80 percent of the Group's chemicals sales came from activities where it ranks among the market leaders. Evonik benefits specifically from its innovative prowess and integrated technology platforms.

Evonik is active in over 100 countries around the world. In fiscal 2010 more than 34,000 employees generated sales of around €13.3 billion and an operating profit (EBITDA) of about €2.4 billion.

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