MORRIS TOWNSHIP, New Jersey, May 6 /PRNewswire/ --

- Helps meet growing demand for solar energy in Europe, Asia

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced today it has developed a new material to protect photovoltaic (PV) solar cells in tough environments.

The new product, called Honeywell PowerShield(TM) PV325, is a material that protects PV modules -- including their critical components that convert sunlight into electricity -- in all types of environments such as humid conditions. It is UV-, moisture- and weather-resistant, and designed to also withstand the electrical load produced by the modules, which can operate at up to 1,000 volts of electricity.

Honeywell PowerShield was developed primarily for rigid PV modules, which are specifically designed to feed power into a utility or local power grid. The modules, which typically have a 25-year lifespan, serve as a reliable energy source during utility-based power outages and can offset high-peak electrical demands and associated costs.

"Initial results from independent performance testing have shown this backing material meets the demanding needs of PV module producers," said Jeff Czarnecki, global business director for Honeywell's specialty films segment, a part of the Performance Products business. "We expect our barrier material to be certified under the industry's performance-based standard by the end of the year."

Czarnecki said the reflective white material is based on Honeywell's high-performance barrier film technology. Honeywell PowerShield has a five-layer design that includes two outer protective layers based on ethylene-chlorotrifluoroethylene (ECTFE) fluoropolymer film and a core polyethylene terephthalate (PET) layer, as well as two inner bonding layers of proprietary adhesive material. It will provide PV module manufacturers with an alternative to poly-vinyl fluoride backing materials.

Demand for solar energy is growing in parts of Asia and Europe, where subsidies enable customers to receive money per kilowatt of energy sold back to the grid. The global photovoltaic industry generated about US$17 billion in revenues in 2007, according to Solarbuzz(TM), an international solar energy research and consulting company.

Honeywell has a history of innovation in high-performance transparent barrier films. In addition to Honeywell PowerShield PV325, Honeywell manufactures Aclar(R) fluoropolymer film for pharmaceutical blister packaging; Capran(R) biaxially oriented nylon film, also known as biaxially oriented polyamide (BOPA) film; Capran(R) heat stabilized nylon film; Aclon(TM) fluoropolymer resins, which provide the highest moisture barrier of any clear thermoplastic resins; and Honeywell PCTFE and PMP barrier films for industrial applications.

Honeywell also offers solar panel installation sales and services, and was a supporting sponsor of the 2007 Solar Decathlon, an international competition managed and fully sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.

For customer inquiries, please visit for more information on Honeywell's backing material for PV modules.

Honeywell Specialty Materials, based in Morristown, N.J., is a US$4.9 billion, global leader in providing customers with high-performance specialty materials, including fluorine products; specialty films and additives; advanced fibers and composites; intermediates; specialty chemicals; electronic materials and chemicals; and technologies and materials for petroleum refining.

Honeywell International is a US$37 billion diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; turbochargers; and specialty materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell's shares are traded on the New York, London and Chicago Stock Exchanges. For additional information, please visit

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