Drytac Corporation announces that the award-winning SIUE School of Engineering Solar Car Team received a nearly $8,000 donation and sponsorship from the Richmond, Va., manufacturer of finishing equipment and adhesive-backed films. The donation, a Hot Press Heated Glass Top Vacuum Press, was given in order to aid the team with solar array encapsulation, a sealing process which increases the solar cell panel’s strength and protects it from external elements.
“The SIUE Solar Car Team used a Drytac press to encapsulate our first array which powered our car, Black Nova, in the 2013 Formula Sun Grand Prix Race in Austin, Texas," says Zachary Crawford, student project director of the SIUE (Southern Illinois University Edwardsville) Solar Car Team. “In order to help us continue our experiments, Drytac generously donated a press to the team. Information collected with these experiments will not only help the team to create efficient, lightweight and flexible solar panels, but also will make panels like this more accessible to the general public.”
“Business and educational partnerships are a key factor in cultivating solutions for our expanding global energy needs,” says Jerry Hill, vice president of new market business development for Drytac Corporation. “Drytac is proud to contribute to the development of alternative manufacturing methods for solar cells, whereby one day any individual will be able to produce them. Free and clean energy is our ultimate gift to society.”