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How to improve the lifetime of solar cells?

How to improve the lifetime of solar cells?

Water resistant films

Solar energy is an important source of renewable energy, and an appealing alternative for fossil energy sources. The total amount of solar energy available is several times larger than the current energy consumption. To benefit optimally from solar energy, affordable, robust and clean solar technologies need to be developed.

Photovoltaics use solar modules to convert light into electricity. These solar modules consist of several components, like for instance the solar cell and an EVA (Ethylene Vinyl Acetate) layer. Due to moisture leakage, the average lifetime of the solar modules is limited to about 10 years. To protect the solar module against UV, moisture, and other weather influences, the solar module needs to have a  so-called PV back sheet as the outermost layer.

To enhance durability of PV backsheets, Fujifilm has developed a mono-sheet PV backsheet. The manufacturing process of this hydrolysis-resistant PET film uses Fujifilm’s precision coating technology to add a functional layer for the adhesion to the EVA encapsulant. The mono-layer PV backsheet boosts durability up to 30 years and gives excellent adhesion to the encapsulant.

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By car

The route from Amsterdam, Utrecht (A2, A27) or from Rotterdam, Breda (A16, A59, A27)

  • From A2, keep bearing right at motorway interchange Everdingen (junction Lexmond), A27 direction Breda;
  • From A16 (Dordrecht/Breda), follow direction Breda; At motorway interchange Zonzeel keep bearing right onto A59. At motorway interchange Hooipolder turn right onto A27.
  1. At motorway A27, take exit Oosterhout/Dongen 19;
  2. Turn right, direction Dongen, Bovensteweg / N629;
  3. Follow direction Tilburg for 10,6 km (follow Industrial Site number 1004/1005);
  4. After 10,6 km, turn left to Burgemeester Letschertweg;
  5. After 2,3 km turn right to Gesworenhoekseweg / Industrial Site number 1004/1005;
  6. Take third exit on the round-a-bout onto Dongenseweg;
  7. After 0.9 km turn right, at the traffic lights, Fujifilm Tilburg is located at the Oudenstaart 1.

The route from Brussels, Antwerpen (A12)

  1. From A12, direction Antwerpen, follow direction Breda;
  2. At motorway interchange Galder keep bearing right onto A27/A58, direction Tilburg;
  3. At motorway, take junction Gilze, Tilburg-West, Rijen (12);
  4. Turn left to N260 / Langenbergseweg (2.7 km);
  5. Straight ahead to Burgemeester Letschertweg, follow direction Industrial Site number 1004/1005 (6.8 km);
  6. After 6.8 km, turn right to Gesworenhoekseweg / Industrial Site number 1004/1005;
  7. Take third exit on the round-a-bout onto Dongenseweg;
  8. After 0.9 km turn right, at the traffic lights, Fujifilm Tilburg is located at the Oudenstaart 1.

The route from Eindhoven (A2)

  1. At motorway interchange Batadorp keep bearing left onto A2, direction Tilburg;
  2. Continue on A58 (21.6 km);
  3. Keep to the right at motrway interchange De Baars en follow A65 direction Tilburg-Noord/‘s-Hertogenbosch/Waalwijk (1.4 km);
  4. Take junction (3) Tilburg-Noord, to N261 direction Waalwijk
  5. Turn right to Burgemeester Bechtweg/N261 (7.0 km). Follow direction Industrial Site number 1004/1005;
  6. Continue on Burgemeester Letschertweg (2.1 km);
  7. Turn left onto Burg. Baron van Voorst tot Voorstweg;
  8. Take first right to Dongenseweg;
  9. After 1.2 km, at the traffic lights, turn left onto Oudenstaart.

The route from s’-Hertogenbosch (A2)

  1. At motorway interchange Empel follow A59 direction RING-Noord/Waalwijk;
  2. At A59, take exit 37-Waalwijk. Continue on A58 (21.6 km);
  3. Follow Midden-Brabantweg/N261 direction Sprang-Capelle/Tilburg/Efteling;
  4. Continue on Midden-Brabantweg/A261, direction Tilburg;
  5. Take exit Tilburg-Noord, to N261, direction Eindhoven/Breda;
  6. Turn right, direction Dongen, to Burgemeester Letschertweg. Follow Industrial Site number 1004/1005;
  7. After 2,1 km, turn left to Burgemeester Baron van Voorst tot Voorstweg;
  8. Take first right to Dongenseweg;
  9. After 1.2 km, at the traffic lights, turn left onto Oudenstaart.

Public Transport

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• From Central Railway Station Tilburg: Bus 127, direction /Breda

• Departure from Central Railway Station: every half hour

• Departure from Dongenseweg: every half hour

• Bus stop: Dongenseweg across from the Fujifilm Tilburg entrance