Photovoltaics is a form of sustainable energy that harnesses the power of the sun to create electricity. It works by using photovoltaic cells which are made up of semiconducting materials like silicon to convert light into electricity. Photovoltaics offer an alternative to traditional fossil fuel sources, such as coal and natural gas, and has become increasingly popular due to its clean and renewable nature. Additionally, photovoltaic systems require little maintenance and can be installed on almost any surface or rooftop. This makes them ideal for residential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural applications.
The adoption of photovoltaics technology is essential for creating a greener future. The use of renewable energy sources can help reduce our reliance on fossil fuels which are fuelling global warming. With this in mind, governments have been introducing incentives for those who choose to invest in solar energy solutions such as net metering which allow homeowners to sell excess electricity from their rooftop solar system back into the grid at a profit. Furthermore, increased investment in research for advanced solar cells could lead to more efficient ways to capture the sun’s energy with higher yields at lower costs - helping make sustainability even more achievable across the world. GESSNER is proud to provide a media solution for such a sustainable technology.
Craneglas™ glass nonwovens are specifically designed as a uniform web formation to allow light to pass through without interfere. This patented technology provides a highly transparent substrate that is compatible with a variety of encapsulants and resin systems, while also offering excellent heat, flame and corrosion resistance. What's more, these nonwovens have low thermal expansion, which makes them ideal for use in applications requiring multiple cycles of temperature changes or exposure to extreme temperatures. Furthermore, the unique structure of the fiberglass strands ensures that the material remains highly stable and consistent over time. Thanks to these qualities, Craneglas™ glass nonwovens can be used in a range of industries, such as solar panels.
The Craneglas™ is used in both flexible and rigid PV panels. The benefits of our Craneglas™ products were initially discovered by NASA in the early 1980’s. The Craneglas™ 230 grade- sub weights 4.8, 6.1, and 11.0 have all been used at either the film manufacturer level or the panel manufacturers themselves. The substrate provides many benefits during the encapsulation and laminating processes; creating channels for air flow eliminating bubbles, stabilizing the EVA film to minimize shrinkage and overflow, providing structural stability for thin film flexible modules and prevents shorts caused by cell movement.