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LG Chem develops substance for creating cheaper, lighter plastic solar panel frames
LG Chem combined polycarbonate and acrylonitrile styrene acrylate (ASA) to develop LUPOY EU5201 to be used in plastic frames for solar panels.
Consequently, LG has become the first in South Korea to develop plastic solar panels frames.
LUPOY EU5201 is a high-performance engineering plastic material infused with fiberglass in a polycarbonate compound to boost durability and structural integrity through diverse temperature ranges.
The plastic frames, which account for 10 percent of the solar panel, could drastically reduce production cost and the weight of solar panels that could simplify transportation and installation.
The substance has similar durability to aluminum, the common material used for solar panel frames, but is half the weight and is price competitive.
In addition, the material can endure diverse temperatures while maintaining its original form with enhanced safety.
LG Chem officially started to sell the frames beginning this month.
An LG Chem official said that with a top-tier compound technology accompanied by continuous R&D, mass production, and investment, they expect to lead the solar power materials market.