•Solar cell backsheets•Molded plastic products for electronic devices•Materials for recording information•Components for secondary batteries
With interest in cutting CO2 to prevent global warming now having taken on global proportions, the spotlight is now focused on solar cells as a substitute for thermal and nuclear power generation. Adoption of solar cells has grown rapidly over the past several years and is expected to continue growing into the future. And as demand for solar cells grows, so does the need to produce related components more efficiently and with improved performance.
Toppan is working on projects targeting various solar cell components. The long-term reliability of solar cells depends greatly on backsheets, and we have brought to market nextgeneration solar cell backsheets based on technology we acquired from America's DuPont, which has a track record of more than 25 years in backsheet materials. We have also constructed a new plant to ensure the stable supply of these products.
Toppan is continuing its development efforts in this area based on its forecasts of future solar cell needs.We are also using technology we have developed over the years to mass produce components for secondary batteries, demand for which has skyrocketed with the popularity of mobile devices. Looking ahead, demand for these batteries is expected to continue growing together with the increasing adoption of products like electric vehicles and hybrid cars, and we are working to expand our product line accordingly.
Beyond the field of energy, our business development activities extend to the application of existing technologies for purposes like creating store display mockups for mobile phones and other products; frames, components for real products, and, in the area of information recording, products like thermal printer ribbons.
Toppan anticipates next-generation technologies and needs in energy, IT, and other fields, and will continue to providehigh-performance components to customers throughout the world.
Backsheet used on the backside of solar cells for long-term reliability.
Next-generation solar cell backsheet using Tedlar®, a material made by E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company of the U.S.
Fukaya Plant completed in April 2009 to produce backsheets for next-generation solar cells.