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Headshot of David Mcdougall from the clean energy market.

Adhesives, Sealants, and the Solar Module Installation Process

Posted 04/04/2017 by Matt Perry, Global Director, Engineering Adhesives, Clean Energy & Electronics

Shown here is David McDougall from the Photovoltaic Group. 

Senior Business Development Manager for H.B. Fuller’s Photovoltaic Group, David McDougall, has been instrumental in enabling the organization to provide adhesives, sealants, and specialty chemicals for solar products worldwide, particularly with the purchase of TONSAN Adhesive Inc. in 2014. Since that time, H.B. Fuller has only continued to grow its solar products operating arm, and it continues to be a major player in the market. 

Despite the fact that adhesives and sealants are only a small part of the solar module installation process, they are critical to the quality and reliability of the module. According to David in an article featured in Solar Power World, the premier online publication for news and information about solar installation, development, and technology, “A greater grasp on applying adhesives, identifying the best substrates for projects, and accounting for extreme weather and conditions are all crucial pieces of a successful installation. Installers who make a point of thoroughly understanding how adhesives impact installations will better positions themselves to install modules that are reliable, efficient and long-lasting.”

The Solar Power Fast Track

H.B. Fuller continues to be the collaborative partner of choice for all-things solar. We deliver high-quality engineering adhesives, sealants, and solutions that, coupled with our global reach and rich history of adhesive innovation, enable you to access state-of-the-art PV/solar technology that ultimately improves functionality and cuts costs.
David and his team continue to stay on top of the emerging solar power trends and to incorporate those into the work that they do, including a stronger focus on durability as well as developing lighter and thinner materials in order to lessen transportation and shipping costs. Their adhesive solutions are highly engineered and designed to perform well in harsh conditions as they continue to enable H.B. Fuller to meet the growing demand for adhesives worldwide in the PV/solar industry.

Solar Outlook for the Future

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, “solar power is expected to be the fastest growing renewable energy source in the forecast period, with total utility-scale capacity increasing by 44% from the end of 2016 to 31 GW at the end of 2018. With that level of growth, solar is expected to account for 1.4% of total utility-scale electricity generation in 2018.”
With that in mind, solar installers would do well to act now in partnering with a global adhesives manufacturer who creates high performance, effective adhesives and sealants for the solar market that simplify panel assembly, increase reliability and longevity, enable faster installations, reduce labor hours, and lower costs. That partner is H.B. Fuller. 


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