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Arkema presents Evatane® 33 - 45 PV, an HC EVA copolymer dedicated to photovoltaic applications

Published on 2008-04-24. Author : SpecialChem

Arkema, the European leader in HC EVA (High Content Ethylene - Vinyl Acetate copolymers), now markets Evatane® 33-45PV, an HC EVA specifically developed for photovoltaic solar panels.

The direct result of Arkema's R&D innovation, this new grade is designed for the encapsulation of the materials (crystalline silicon or thin films) that make up the photovoltaic cells. Evatane® 33-45PV is characterized by outstanding optical performances, in particular good light transmission which makes for a superior yield from the solar panel. Thanks to its specially developed formulation, it offers excellent crosslinking ability and processability.


Deeply committed to the design of innovative materials for the development of new sources of energy, Arkema plans to launch another new Evatane® grade specially designed for photovoltaic applications by the end of 2008.

Evatane® copolymer resins are ethylene copolymers with a high vinyl acetate content (from 18 to 42 %). With properties closer to those of elastomers than polyethylene, these resins are easy to process and compatible with a large number of polymers. Evatane® resins are used in many industrial applications, including hotmelt adhesives, photovoltaic cells, cable sheathing, multilayer packaging film, and road bitumen.

France's leading chemicals producer and a global chemical player, Arkema consists of 3 coherent and related business segments: Vinyl Products, Industrial Chemicals, and Performance Products. Present in over 40 countries with 15,200 employees, Arkema achieves sales of 5.7 billion euros. With its 6 research centers in France, the United States and Japan, and internationally recognized brands, Arkema holds leadership positions in its principal markets.

Source: Arkema

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