MIDLAND, USA: The Dow Chemical Co. has introduced a diamond wire ingot squaring coolant that improves photovoltaic (PV) wafer manufacturing efficiency while also improving the sustainability of the production process. ENLIGHT DC-8300 Coolant, which will be officially unveiled at the 26th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference (26th EU PVSEC), is the latest innovation from Dow that can help improve performance and/or lower the total system costs of PV applications.
Next-generation diamond wire saws are designed to reduce overall PV manufacturing costs by using a higher cut speed and fixed abrasive technology instead of loose abrasive slurry for cutting. ENLIGHTTM DC-8300 Coolant is designed to address common challenges associated with diamond wire cutting processes. The product offers:
• High Cutting Precision and Efficiency: Because of its excellent suspension and dispersion capability, as well as other attributes, the percentage of bricks with high thickness variables (TV) can be reduced with ENLIGHT DC-8300 Coolant. In addition, ENLIGHTTM DC-8300 Coolant can sustain multiple rounds of cutting, thus helping to improve customers’ production efficiency.
• Easy Cleaning: With its remarkable properties, ENLIGHT DC-8300 Coolant helps to greatly reduce stickiness issues on the guide roller and on the machine interior parts. It also reduces the silicon sedimentation in the tank.
• Good Environmental Profile: Water-based ENLIGHT DC-8300 Coolant offers a better environmental profile than glycol-based coolants in the marketplace. In addition, it enables easier silicon powder separation, thus offering higher potential for waste silicon recycling.
Driven by its company-wide focus on delivering sustainable solutions to address some of the world’s most crucial challenges – including the need for clean energy – Dow continues to invest in products and manufacturing capabilities to help PV manufacturers to improve efficiency and lower their total system costs.