Tapping the sun’s energy with plastics!

The development of renewable energy resources is booming. Solar and wind power, geothermal heat and biomass are inexhaustible. The Sun generates 15,000 times more energy than the total primary energy consumed worldwide in one year. Already, entire regions in Europe are using renewable energy to meet almost all of their heating, hot water and electricity requirements – with innovative solutions made from state of the art plastics!

Solar power

Even when the skies are grey, modern solar water heaters can heat up to 65% of a household’s annual hot water demand. Photovoltaic collectors that can convert solar energy into electricity can cover the remaining energy requirements of a Passive House at the very least. This would be impossible without plastics as many important components such as the collector housing, the pipe insulation or even the central control system are made from polymer materials.

Renewable energy

With major prospects for the future, Europe will take a leading part in the development of new sources for renewable energy. Intelligent plastics solutions will make a substantial contribution to the improvement of the European energy balance sheet.

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