Stephan Padlewski

Regional Marketing Manager, EMEA
DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions
Stephan Padlewski
After completing a PhD in Physics at the University of Cambridge, UK in 1991, Stephan Padlewski joined DuPont de Nemours where he has primarily been involved in new technology and market development initiatives in the electronics industry, with applications ranging from printed circuit boards, integrated circuitry packaging, Organic Light Emitting Diodes and photovoltaics. Stephan is based in Geneva, Switzerland where he leads the DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions business development & strategic marketing activities across the EMEA region.
19 May 2020, 13:00
 - 13:20 BST (UTC+01:00)
Making the Most of Bifacial Modules and Trackers
Fireside Chat
Solar Media’s Liam Stoker speaks with Stephan Padlewski from DuPont about the prospects of bifacial modules with a detailed discussion of the importance of materials that can provide durability and reliability over a 30+ year period. The importance of using a thicker tempered glass frontsheet, with a Clear Tedlar® backsheet, in a conventional bifacial panel design, helps to mitigate risks observed in dual glass bifacial panels, such as panel bowing, breaking and cracking either in the field or during installation. Padlewski highlights the need for backsheets to be breathable, to prevent PID. He points to utility-scale projects in the Middle East with an LCOE below 1.5 cents per kWh, operating in harsh climatic conditions, making durability and reliability the most critical factors for developers and investors to consider.
20 May 2020, 10:00
 - 11:00 BST (UTC+01:00)
Maximising Bifacial Installations
Panel Discussion

How the rapid advancement of bifacial module technology is being matched by the needed durability and performance over expected lifetime. Findings from a leading utility-scale player on the yield differential and lower LCOE of modules with glass/transparent backsheet will complement this session.

  • How Clear Tedlar® backsheets are transforming bifacial modules by maximizing reliability & performance and lower total cost of ownership.
  • Providing excellent weatherability, higher output power, field-proven materials, mature manufacturing, lower installation and O&M cost.
  • Understand the impact of bifacial modules on the LCOE of a project: how to adapt the design of PV plant for better matching to demand or value profile over time
  • Losses in bifacial PV systems – how to reduce the impact at module and system level?