Showcasing the company’s leading photovoltaic solutions, DuPont has installed photovoltaic modules at the DuPont Knowledge Center (DKC) – the company’s r&d and knowledge services center – at Hyderabad in India to enable the facility to meet part of its energy requirements through solar energy. The DuPont Knowledge Center is the first R&D facility in India to have received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver certification last year.
The recent solar installation is consistent with the company’s aim to apply market driven science and innovation to help address the global challenge of reducing dependence on fossil fuels. The two solar module technologies demonstrated at DuPont Knowledge Center have a total installed power output capacity of more than 50 kilowatts (kW). This includes 29kW from Silicon-based Thin Film modules manufactured by DuPont Apollo and 25kW manufactured with Crystalline Silicon Technology. The solar installation will offset about 70 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year and will enable the facility to avoid about Rs. 500,000 (over $11,000 USD) per year in purchased electricity costs.
“This installation is a great example of our commitment to be both a key materials and technology supplier to the photovoltaic industry, and also a leader of solar power use,” said Dr. Homi Bhedwar, Director, DuPont Knowledge Center, Hyderabad. “Our products can help make the promise of solar energy a reality while also powering our facilities as part of DuPont sustainability goals. DuPont is a leading material and technology supplier to the photovoltaic industry with more than 25 years of experience in photovoltaic materials development. ”
With growing electricity consumption needs, solar energy is witnessing dramatic growth in India and photovoltaic technology is emerging as the preferred choice to satisfy this demand. DuPont is well positioned to address this need with DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions (DPVS) providing a broad and growing portfolio of materials and process technologies for the industry, and DuPont Apollo’s high performance Silicon-based thin film on glass photovoltaic modules. These businesses are consistent with the strategic intent of DuPont to accelerate its capability to reduce overall dependence on fossil fuels by supporting renewable energy technologies such as solar energy.