DuPont and DOE: partnership for thin-film development

DuPont announced at the beginning of July 2009 that it has set up a partnership with the Department of Energy (DOE) on a thin-film solar research programme worth USD 9 million (EUR 6.4 million).
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DuPont announced at the beginning of July 2009 that it has set up a partnership with the Department of Energy (DOE) on a thin-film solar research programme worth USD 9 million (EUR 6.4 million). The partnership is part of the company“s commitments to improve photovoltaic (PV) products used both for commercial and residential applications. DuPont will, under the three-year scheme, contribute USD 6 million and the DOE USD 3 million, so as to speed up the commercialization of a moisture-protecting ultra-thin film, over 3,000 times thinner than a human hair. The flexible thin-film, which is used instead of glass for PV modules, not only reduces the cost of solar power generation, but also offers simpler integration into the roofing, windows or siding of a commercial or residential building. DuPont previoulsy cooperated with DOE in 2003, for the development of an integrated bio-refinery, which uses renewable resources to produce fuels and value-added chemicals.