Collaboration is Key to Continued Success in Solar Energy, Reducing Dependence on Fossil Fuels
SHANGHAI, Nov. 30, 2011 -- DuPont was recently recognized with a Supplier Excellence Award from Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd., a global leader in solar energy and the world's leading solar company, for providing superior supply and technical service, product innovation and collaboration. DuPont supplies DuPont™ Solamet® photovoltaic metallization pastes to enhance the efficiency of solar cells made by Suntech, as well as DuPont™ Tedlar® polyvinyl fluoride film used in protective backsheets for their solar modules. These materials are part of DuPont's broad and growing portfolio of products that improve the efficiency and lifetime of solar cells and modules, and help reduce overall system costs to make solar more competitive with traditional sources of energy.
"Materials matter in how well and how long solar modules perform, and Suntech holds its material suppliers to an exceptionally high standard as we develop, manufacture and deliver the world's most reliable and cost-effective solar energy solutions," said Eric Luo, senior vice president, Suntech. "High value collaborations with fellow energy innovators such as DuPont are a core component to Suntech's business and define our approach to driving the solar energy industry toward grid parity."
DuPont materials, and its collaboration with Suntech, were featured as part of a short documentary titled, "City of Science, City of Hope," that recently aired during the BBC News "Horizons" program series. The documentary highlights the role of DuPont materials that enable Suntech solar modules to help power the city of Masdar – one of the most sustainable communities on the planet, and a model of what green urban development can be.
"DuPont began its collaboration with Suntech in 2002 when it was newly established," said David B. Miller, president, DuPont Electronics & Communications. "We have developed a close and positive working relationship that has continued over the last 10 years. Continuous collaboration centered on innovation and superior technical service are critical factors that have enabled us both to achieve success today. This type of collaboration is essential as we seek to address critical global issues including reducing dependence on fossil fuels."
The Supply Excellence award was presented to DuPont during a recent Global Supplier Conference hosted by Suntech. More than 120 suppliers competed for the honor of the award, and DuPont was one of 19 recipients. The awards are divided into five categories including Innovation, Quality, Best Partners, Shining Service and Excellence Suppliers. According to Suntech, more than 30 evaluation criteria were taken into consideration for granting this award. They included supply stability, technical service, quality, consistency, commercial terms, product innovation and collaborations.
DuPont (NYSE: DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802. The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment. For additional information about DuPont and its commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit http://www.dupont.com.