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State-of-the Art PV Panels: “One word… plastics”

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Discussion of the title subject will populate sections 2 and 3 of this post. The reason is that, although the current design for photovoltaic (PV) modules (a.k.a. panels) have been widely deployed, there are still many places where they will not work, because:

  • They are too heavy
  • No flat surfaces on the top surfaces of the target structure (or vehicle)
  • They are too difficult to recycle

Several manufacturers are starting to produce modules that solve these problems, and the key to their design is (you guessed it), plastics.

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Matt Chester on Dec 9, 2021

LG Solar is the solar business of the same company that makes LG Chem battery energy storage systems. They appear to be taking a baby-step into the plastic EV panel technology.

Given that LG Chem is a giant in the battery space, this is interesting to see them moving towards some unique products in the solar realm. The two techs go together so well, I'll be keen to see where this goes. 

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John Benson on Dec 10, 2021

LG Chem is a major player in two of the largest and fastest-growing storage markets (EVs and utility-scale BESS). However, at the moment these are becoming commodities. Ditto PV. Although all continue to come down in price, this is much slower than a few years ago.

I'm posting a two-part series in Utility Scale PV and BESS next week.

-John

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