Repsol increasing capacity to profit from demand for photovoltaics


Integrated petrochemicals and plastics supplier Repsol says it will invest in its Puertollano, Spain site to increase the production capacity there of ethylene vinyl acetate copolymers (EVA). The new production unit will be able to produce 15,000 tonnes/yr, with the possibility to achieve vinyl acetate (VA) contents exceeding 35%. Puertollano also is home to the Puertollano Photovoltaic Park, the fourth largest photovoltaic power station in the world.

According to a recent report, while as yet comprising a small fraction of the world's electricity-generating capacity, solar photovoltaics is the fastest growing electricity-generation technology in the world. The cost of photovoltaics has declined steadily since the first solar cells were manufactured. Plastic films can be used to encapsulate and protect solar cells from the elements.

Repsol (Madrid, Spain) plans its investment for the second half of this year. This EVA capacity increase is one of a series of investments planned for Repsol's Puertollano production facility, says the supplier....
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