A new silicone encapsulant for the solar industry is available that can enable flexible thin-film modules to be laminated cost effectively using roll-to-roll processing. Marketed under the trade name ELASTOSIL® Solar 2200, this new product is transparent, pourable and non-corrosive. It vulcanizes rapidly at elevated temperature and reportedly features outstanding adhesive properties. In its cured state, it can provide all types of thin-film solar cells with effective long-term protection from chemical and mechanical stresses.

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