PPG wins $2.1 million grant to develop new module assembly process

US-based industrial coatings producer PPG Industries Inc. has received a $2.1 million grant from the US Department of Energy (DOE) that will enable the company to design and pilot a PV module assembly process that uses automation to eliminate time and labor from the assembly process. Using the funding, PPG will develop liquid encapsulants that will enable PV modules to be manufactured without the need for capital-intensive laminators. It will then work with US-based module manufacturer Flextronics International Inc. to integrate the encapsulant technology into Flextronics’ Milpitas, California production facility. Flextronics’ pilot production line will produce 60- and 72-cell modules using PPG’s encapsulant technology. PPG is matching each dollar committed by the DOE, resulting in a total public-private investment of approximately $4.3 million in the project.
PPG received a $3 million award from the DOE in 2011 to develop materials, coatings and manufacturing processes to commercialize a glass technology for CdTe modules.
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