With its excellent UV resistance and clarity, high gloss, scratch resistance, and superior outdoor weatherability, PMMA film is turning out to be an ideal candidate for one of the world's fast growing markets.
According to a study by Andrew Eldib, president of Eldib Engineering and Research, a Berkeley Heights, NJ consultancy, the demand for polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) film in photovoltaic cells, as used to capture solar energy, is expected to more than double the current markets for these films. The overall market for solar photovoltaic installations has been growing at a rate of 30% per annum.
According to the study, solar photovoltaics generate electricity in more than 100 countries and, while yet comprising a small fraction of the world electricity-generating capacity from all sources, is the fastest growing electricity-generation technology in the world. The cost of photovoltaics has declined steadily since the first solar cells were manufactured....