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Our modern world depends on a constant supply of available energy – for lighting, electronic devices, heating and machines, and demand for such energy continues to grow. With this in mind, we recognize that fossil resources such as oil and coal are finite, and the alternative, nuclear power, has become politically undesirable in some countries. Therefore, solar power is growing in importance, as it has the potential to secure our future energy supply.
Photovoltaics and solar thermal energy are the key technologies in this context, as they have the ability to convert the sun’s rays into electric current and heat. They can provide comfort in our homes and produce large volumes of electricity. To create an efficient and cost-effective use of solar energy, the relevant systems call for specially adjusted materials. This applies to cover materials, weather protection, light guides and lenses alike. PLEXIGLAS® Solar serves as such a material.
It provides high energy conversion efficiency and premium durablitity to outdoor weathering, all while being easy to machine and fabricate. In addition, the material’s production leaves a smaller energy footprint than glass.