Honeywell: Expands line of solar PV protection products
Honeywell, a global leader in providing customers with high-performance specialty materials, has expanded on its line of PoweShield® backing systems, which protect photovoltaic (PV) modules in severe weather conditions.
The company has added the PowerShield PV270, which is designed to be 30 percent lighter than most traditional backing systems, yet also provides the same level of protection and insulation. The announcement of the product line expansion came at the 25th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition, which is the largest PV solar conference in the world.
"As demand for alternative energy grows, so does demand for technologically-advanced materials such as Honeywell's PowerShield line of backing systems for solar panels," stated Sanjay Sharma, global business director for Honeywell's PowerShield business. "This is another example of how Honeywell is innovating to help manufacturers build more cost-effective, durable solar panels."
The new PV270 has been optimized for decreasing the number of times manufacturers must change the rolls of the backsheet, which allows for longer periods of manufacturing uptime. The entire PowerShield line of backing systems helps seal and protect the electrical components of solar panels, which deters the threat of shorting or power loss, regardless of temperature and humidity conditions. The backing systems also protect panels from UV rays, and freeze-thaw cycle effects. The systems are mainly developed for rigid crystalline silicon cell PV modules, which generally have a lifespan of 25 years.
PowerShield PV270 is TUV Rheinland certified, meeting IEC 1000 volt standards, and is recognized by Underwriters Laboratories (UL) for modules produced for North American installations. Modules built with the PowerShield PV270 have exceeded over twice the required performance criteria under the IEC 61215 EU standards for PV modules.
Amazon's renewable energy projects surpass 200 milestone
Amazon claims it is now Europe's largest corporate buyer of renewable energy as its projects surpassed 200 globally.
Broken down, it has 136 solar rooftops on facilities and stores and 71 utility-scale wind and solar projects, nine of which were announced today covering the US, Canada, Spain, Sweden and UK. They include:
First solar project paired with energy storage Based in California’s Imperial Valley, Amazon’s first solar project paired with energy storage allows the company to align solar generation with the greatest demand. The project generates 100MW of solar energy, and includes 70MW storage.
It now has more than 2.5 GW of renewable energy capacity, enough to power more than two million European homes a year, and aims to power all its activities with renewables by 2025 and net zero by 2040.
Amazon and Global Optimism co-founded The Climate Pledge in 2019, a commit ment to reach the Paris Agreement 10 years early and be net-zero carbon by 2040. The pledge now has 53 signatories, including IBM, Unilever, Verizon, Siemens, Microsoft, and Best Buy.
A map of all of Amazon’s renewable energy projects around the world can be found here.