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DuPont and Trina Solar sign deal

Alternative energy giants collaborate on PV project

Solar cell and module pact signed

DuPont has signed two strategic cooperation agreements with Changzhou Trina Solar Energy Co., Ltd that will entail the supply of DuPont Tedlar polyvinyl fluoride films and technology collaboration, including collaborative efforts involving DuPont Solamet photovoltaic metallisations and other key materials.

The companies will work together to advance the efficiency and lifetime of solar cells and modules, and lower the levelised cost of energy for PV. Terms of the agreements were not disclosed.

Anticipated areas of technology collaboration for Trina and DuPont include higher efficiency cells and modules, customized Solamet photovoltaic metallization pastes and other materials to help enable Trina’s technology platforms including its high-efficiency Honey Series modules, as well as innovative framing, backsheet and other components.

The agrement came in the same month as the UK Supreme Court marked an end to months of uncertainty for PV solar installers in the UK by rejecting the UK government’s appeal to retain cuts to its previously proposed feed-in tariff scheme. The decision is final and the department will not be taking the appeal any further, it has been confirmed in news reports.

The ruling means that all systems installed between 12 December 12 2011 and 3 March 2012 will receive the original, higher feed-in tariff rates for 25 years. This will mean that more than 60,000 installs will be eligible for FiT rates up to GBP 0.454/kWh.