Today, photovoltaics continues to be a hot topic on the world stage. Extensive information, literature and research can be found in the media and online, as well there are already many solar panels attached to the roofs around us. However, to apply coatings to solar panels, specifically to coat the back sheets is more of a pioneering work. So far additional films are mainly used to protect the core film.

At the Rembrandtin Lack, a company part of HELIOS, a dedicated team together with external partners and experts have taken on the challenge to formulate and develop Remsolar, a new series of coatings designed to protect backsheets.

Since this field represents a very new market for coatings, a lot of time was also invested in defining test procedures and participating in the development of the quality standards of the photovoltaic industry.

  • Electrical insulation
  • Protection from humidity
  • Protection from UV radiation
  • Optical aspects (colour)

Global photovoltaic market

The photovoltaic market is truly a global one. With many backsheet and module producers based in China, Asia is clearly a focus one. However, Europe shows significant growth rates in this field as well. The EU Market Outlook for Solar Power 2019 – 2023 estimates + 26% growth in the year 2020. The biggest growth comes from Spain, followed by Germany, Netherlands, France and Poland. Additionally, emerging markets such as India, Saudi Arabia or Egypt have set very ambitious renewables targets which will increase the demand for photovoltaic installations.

The future of photovoltaic coatings

The share of energy from photovoltaic will grow significantly around the world. In the future, we expect photovoltaic structures to be integrated into the building already in the construction phase (as facades, balconies, etc…) as well as into cars. This will lead to new requirements on the coating in regard to colour availability and guarantee times.

At Rembrandtin and HELIOS, we believe that the right policies will give a push to renewable and green energies. The same applies to the growth of the photovoltaic industry, where attributes such as sustainability and low costs will be the main drivers of this form of the energy. As of now, our aim is to dive further into this market, visit industry events, connect ourselves to potential customers, expand our knowledge and increase our brand recognition. We are confident that our Remsolar will have a bright and shiny future and we will keep you updated on our success story.