3M Expands Manufacturing For Ultra Barrier Solar Film


3M says it has completed its planned manufacturing expansion for producing its 3M Ultra Barrier Solar Film in Columbia, Mo. The expanded production for the transparent ultra barrier film technology is expected to support the growing demand for high-efficiency flexible photovoltaic modules.

3M Ultra Barrier Solar Film acts as a replacement for glass, with high light transmission, strong moisture barrier performance, and excellent weatherability, according to the company.

Compared with rigid glass modules, large-area lightweight flexible PV modules manufactured with the film can achieve significantly lower balance-of-system costs by requiring less installation time, removing the need for metal racking, and reducing logistics expenditures, 3M says.

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