Goal of the SUMMIT project is to develop a novel photovoltaic module (PV-Module). The aim is to combine thin and frameless PV-laminates with a light and cost-efficient rack-system. The conventional metal frame will be replaced by thermoplastic composite solutions. With its long-standing experience in process and material development for thermoplastics, Fraunhofer ICT contributes its know-how for reaching the goal.
Due to environmental factors, testing and safety regulations, materials used in the PV-sector must fulfill a number of requirements. Examples are sufficient UV-, ozone and weather resistance as well as a high degree of flame-retardancy. An appropriate material selection is essential to fulfill the complex requirement profile. For this reason Fraunhofer ICT’s main focus at the start of the project is on material selection and material characterization.