got EUR 378,423,36 (without VAT) grant under the NUTIKAS project aimed to investigate the degradation mechanism in chosen polymeric encapsulants used in the photovoltaic industry.  The implementation period of the project is 1.05.2020-31.08.2022 and it is supported by the Estonian Research Council and the Archimedes Foundation. Energy is currently cooperating with the Laboratory of Optoelectronic Materials Physics at TalTech, Institute of Material and Environmental Technology. The results of this project will be instrumental in the improvement of the current Energy product as well as in developing the next generation BIPV products.

The project is split into 6 work packages. The current work package will be finalized by the end of October and it focuses on exposing the encapsulants and coupons to extreme environments such as damp heat, temperature cycling, and UV irradiation. After the environmental conditioning, the samples will be analyzed by TalTech using various methods such as UV-vis spectroscopy, Raman, and Soxhlet analysis. Water vapour transmission rate measurements will be performed as well.

The remaining work packages aim to investigate the degradation of the samples even further by infrared and scanning electron microscopy. The findings will be finalized and published.

More information can be found here.