USA: BioSolar Inc. has received its first commercial BioBacksheet order. The first shipment of BioBacksheet will be used for the manufacture of specialty PV panels for electric utility vehicles with anticipated further shipments to be used by military and other mobile applications. The customer’s PV panels feature lightweight, high-power-to-weight ratio, highly durable, customizable shapes, sizes and colors.
Dr. David Lee, CEO, commented: “This first commercial order marks an important event in the history of our company. In spite of recent turmoil in the solar market, we have found success. Customers are attracted to the unique product features of BioBacksheet, including single layer composition, reliability, efficiency and cost competitiveness.
"Though the sales cycle for specialty PV panels can be shorter than mainstream PV panels, it is important to note that the durability requirements in this market segment are much more stringent than what is normally expected from standard PV components.
“The length of time it takes for mainstream PV customers to complete the full purchase cycle is long, but it also creates a barrier of entry for the competition,” Lee added.
“BioSolar is now in position to expand sales into mainstream PV markets as we have completed successful internal testing, qualification and UL material certification. Our sales and support efforts during the past 12 months have resulted in certain large customers obtaining panel level UL or IEC certifications. We look forward to achieving our next major milestone which is receiving purchase commitments from large scale solar manufacturers.”
Dr. Lee concluded: “Solar is one of the fastest growing markets in the world and BioSolar is very well positioned to benefit from the surge in demand. Our patent pending BioBacksheet is the world’s first and only UL certified solar panel backsheet made from renewable materials and features two distinct benefits that are unmatched by existing backsheets.
"First, BioBacksheet’s high thermal conductivity rapidly draws heat away from the solar cells, which can increase the power output of the entire solar panel and also improve long term durability by decreasing temperature fluctuations. Second, BioBacksheet’s USDA BioPreferred Certification allows solar panels to be marketed as more sustainable and socially responsible, and preferred by US government agencies.”