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Avient Introduces Cross-Linkable Formulations for Photovoltaic Cables

The new formulations can be used for both cable insulation and jacket coating, reducing the need for cable manufacturers to use multiple materials.

January 9, 2023

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Materials supplier Avient Corp. has launched cross-linkable formulations for photovoltaic cables in solar energy applications.

Solar photovoltaic (PV) generation is increasing by record amounts and is experiencing heavy investment on a global scale, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). Average annual generation growth of 25% from 2022 to 2030 is needed to follow the Net Zero Emissions by 2050 Scenario, as set out by the IEA.  

The new ECCOH XL Cross-Linkable Solutions for photovoltaic cables are REACH-compliant, said Avient. They are rated for permanent outdoor use with good UV and weather resistance, passing Arrhenius lifetime prediction tests as per IEC 60216-1. Moreover, they have good electrical performance, are compatible with either DC or AC power supply, and pass flame-retardant performance to EN 50618 and IEC 60332-1 standards, according to Avient.

The new formulations can provide manufacturing efficiencies for cable producers by reducing the need to use multiple materials since ECCOH XL can be used for both cable insulation and jacket coating. In addition, they enable high processing speeds and, because of their unique technology, can offer up to a 50% reduction in catalyst usage compared with competitive technologies.

“Avient has an ongoing commitment to sustainability, whether through bio-polymers, recycled solutions, or supporting the growth of sustainable infrastructure,” said Avient’s Matt Mitchell, Director of Global Marketing, Specialty Engineered Materials. “We are constantly working on new formulations to overcome customer’s challenges and respond to market demands. We are pleased to support the growth of photovoltaic power generation systems with these new high-performing materials.”

ECCOH XL Cross-Linkable Solutions for photovoltaic cables are currently manufactured in Europe and are available globally.

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