Yingli Solar recently unveiled a new high-durability solar panel coatings solution — the CleanARC anti-reflective glass coating technology — at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi.
The coating solution — which notably reduces cleaning requirements and improves performance, according to Yingli Solar — is now available on all of the company’s product lines.
The CleanARC coating solution wasn’t actually developed by Yingli Solar, though. It was developed by the California-based company Enki Technology.
The coating reportedly offers high resistance to abrasive factors and overall environmental degradation, making it well suited towards use in relatively harsh environments — extreme temperatures, sandstorms, sea mist, high humidity, etc.
In addition to greater environmental resilience, the coating also reportedly lowers maintenance expenses, via better self-cleaning properties (as compared against conventional anti-reflective coatings).
“We are pleased to bring this unique product to market in partnership with Yingli. Glass coatings are a deceptively simple component that create long-term financial implications for solar project owners. Extensive lab and field testing demonstrates the clear advantage of multi-functional CleanARC coatings in challenging operational environments,” stated Kevin Kopczynski, Chief Executive Officer of Enki Technology.
“It is extremely promising that our new CleanARC coated solar panels have already spurred project development in areas where solar adoption has been constrained by harsh climates. By driving innovation across all PV technology components, from cells to AR coating, we are making solar power a pragmatic clean energy solution everywhere the sun shines,” stated Dr Dengyuan Song, Chief Technology Officer of Yingli Green Energy.
You can find the data sheet on the new coating technology here.
Image Credit: Enki Technology
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