St. Paul, Minnesota
Diversified 3M Corp. rolled out a new roll-on aftermarket Anti-Soiling Liquid for the glass covers of flat-mounted photovoltaic solar panels that deters soiling and helps the modules yield between five percent and ten percent more energy in comparison testing, according to Carrie Ruby, a marketer for the St. Paul, MN-based company.
Water beads up and runs off panels with the new liquid applied. 3M said that the coating will either eliminate the need for PV module cleaning or diminish the number of cleanings necessary for optimal performance. The coating will sell for the equivalent of $1 per square meter, with coverage estimated at 20 square meters per liter, assuming a double roller pass.
3M recently hosted an eclectic assembly of visionary young scientists. The “Meeting of the Minds” event featured 29 non-tenured faculty members from 20 of the leading R&D universities in the U.S. The researchers shared the results of their work at the 3M Science and Engineering Faculty Day at 3M Center.
Each of the participants is a recipient of a 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award, under the company’s three-decade-old program to encourage the pursuit of new ideas among younger university professors. The awards in the $800,000 program are granted by 3M as part of 3M’s support of innovative research in higher education. There are 52 recipients this year.
Currently, the awards to each participating researcher average approximately $15,000. Recipients are nominated and sponsored by 3M scientists.
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George Buckley, chairman, CEO and president; Joe Harlan, executive VP, electro and communications; Michael Kelly, executive VP, display and graphics; Jean Lobey, executive VP, safety, security and protection services; Moe Nozarri, executive VP, consumer and office; Brad Sauer, executive VP, health care; Hak Cheol Shin, executive VP, industrial and transportation.