Solar Backsheet Market: Introduction

The solar panel module comprises various parts such as frame, glass, encapsulant, solar cells, backsheet, and junction box. All the parts play a vital role in the overall working of the solar panel module. Backsheet is situated at the bottom of the solar panel. It is the last layer, generally made of polymer or combination of polymers. It is designed to shield the inner peripherals of the module, particularly electrical components and photovoltaic cells, from external impacts as well as act as an electrical insulator. Solar backsheet protects solar panel module from ultraviolet radiations, which may damage most of polymer materials. The backsheet protects solar module from dryness, dust, chemicals, sand, wind, humidity, and vapor penetration. Solar backsheet plays an important role in the overall working and life of solar panel modules.

Solar backsheet improves the overall efficiency of the solar panel module by optimizing reflectance characteristics. It provides good stability under freeze thaw and damp heat conditions. It provides remarkable bond strength across extreme environmental conditions. A good quality solar backsheet is necessary, as a poor quality sheet can lead to unwanted maintenance, system degradation, and replacements.           

The selection of solar backsheet material has a considerable impact on how it withstands the elements and performs over the course of its lifetime. Most solar panel manufacturers use Tedlar Polyester Tedlar (TPT) for solar backsheet. The combination of Tedlar Polyester Tedlar material enhances the material qualities of Tedlar; hence, it is used as backsheet of solar panels to improve the durability of the solar panels. TPT is one of the commonly used polymer multi-laminates for solar panels, as there are very less materials with relative material qualities. In case of bifacial solar panel module, the solar backsheet must be optically transparent, as bifacial panels are designed to absorb sunlight from both sides of the photovoltaic cell. Significant development in terms of testing and standardization is involved in the design and testing of materials used in backsheets.

Solar Backsheet Market: Key Segments

The global solar backsheet market can be segment based on application, type, installation, and region. In terms of application, the global solar backsheet market can be classified into industrial, commercial, utility, residential, and military. Based on type, the solar backsheet market can be bifurcated into fluoropolymer and non-fluoropolymer. In terms of installation, the solar backsheet market can be segregated into ground mounted, floating power plant, and roof mounted.

Solar Backsheet Market: Regional Analysis

Based on region, the global solar backsheet market can be split into North America, Europe, Latin America, Middle East & Africa, and Asia Pacific. Asia Pacific is projected to lead the global solar backsheet market during the forecast period, owing to the rise in investments in the solar power industry in China and India.  The solar backsheet market in North America and Europe is likely to expand at a rapid pace during the forecast period. Middle East & Africa and Latin America are anticipated to account for reasonable share of the global solar backsheet market during the forecast period.

Solar Backsheet Market: Key Players

Key players operating in the global solar backsheet market include Agfa-Gevaert NV, DuPont, Suzhou PV, Coveme, ISOVOLTAIC SOLINEX GmbH, 3M, HANGZHOU FIRST APPLIED MATERIAL CO.,LTD., Honeywell International Inc, TORAY INDUSTRIES, INC., Suzhou Wu race Applied Technology Co., Ltd, DUNMORE, KREMPEL GmbH, Mitsubishi Polyester Film, Inc. and Targray.

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