Glass Industry

ADCO Global Opens New Plant In China

ADCO Global announced that its Kömmerling subsidiary has opened its new production plant in Nanjing, China. The custom built plant will manufacture sealants and adhesives for the Insulating Glass (IG), solar photovoltaic, structural glazing and transportation markets in China and Asia.
Commenting on the new development, Dick Spalton, Managing Director, Kömmerling, said; "This new plant is a response to the growing demands from our customers in the rapidly expanding Asian market. Demand for our products and expertise in the Far East is continuing to grow. With the opening of this plant, we will be able to provide our customers with a far more efficient and economic supply chain, which will reduce both freight costs and delivery times."
The plant, which utilizes raw materials produced in Asia, is already producing Polysulphide and Silicone for the IG market. The Nanjing plant will also have the capacity to manufacture polyurethane and butyl adhesives and sealants in 2011. The new plant complements Adco Global's existing production units based in the U.S.A. and Germany.
ADCO Global is a leading supplier of specialty adhesives, sealants, tapes and coatings serving Construction, Transportation and Industrial markets throughout the world via its operating subsidiaries ADCO Products, Inc., in North America and KÖMMERLING Chemische Fabrik GmbH in Europe, Africa and Asia. ADCO is a leader in developing specialized solutions for insulating glass, window assembly, commercial roofing, solar panel, bus/truck/trailer/RV, automotive, marine, civil engineering, telecommunications, security glass, auto replacement glass and general construction applications.

PPG Expert Sees Era Of Growth, Innovation In Solar Glazings

Wayne Boor, manager, solar technology transfer, PPG Industries' (NYSE:PPG) performance glazings business, said industry forecasters expect solar glazings to account for 10 to 20 percent of flat glass sales, if not more, by 2015.
As part of a presentation at the Glass Association of North America’s (GANA’s) Solar Symposium in July, Boor said he expects the rise of solar glazings to resemble an earlier era of glass industry innovation, the growth of automotive glass. He explained that prior to 1900, nearly all flat glass manufactured in the United States was for architectural applications. By 1940, automotive glass accounted for about 25 percent of all flat glass sales. Boor said he sees a similar arc for solar glazings, which now account for about 2 percent of flat glass sales.
He also identified other historic parallels. For instance, Boor said the first architectural glasses were clear, but the industry eventually discovered that tinted coatings could help keep building interiors cool. Similarly, clear glass was the precursor to advanced solar glazings, which eventually incorporated coatings to promote higher levels of light transmittance, durability and conductivity, along with ultra-low iron formulations to improve solar transmittance.
To increase the efficiency of solar glass, Boor said PPG is working closely with industry leaders to advance several technologies. The first is to make glass substrates more transparent to solar energy. This is being done by combining special low-iron batch materials with proprietary process techniques to lower iron “redox,” which selectively improves infrared transmittance.
PPG also is developing thin-film coatings that prevent sodium migration under high temperatures, introduce surface conductivity or make solar glazings either anti-reflective or highly reflective, depending on the desired property. Individually or in combination, these attributes can significantly enhance solar technology performance.
Finally, for concentrated solar power (CSP) applications, Boor said he sees a movement toward self-cleaning solar glass that maintains mirror reflectivity and performance.
Source: GlassOnWeb

Solar Energy Industry Growth Slower than Some Had Expected

In October, Flabeg Solar U.S. Corp., a subsidiary of German glass finishing firm Flabeg GmbH, opened a manufacturing facility in Findlay's Clinton Commerce Park that was expected to create up to 200 jobs building solar mirrors.

The company hoped to supply mirrors for up to 10 projects using sunlight to generate electricity in California, Arizona and Nevada.

But since then, the projects, all on public lands, "have been delayed due to the approval process," said president Jochen Meyer.

As a result, the plant now employs about 50 workers and is just preparing its first order.

"Overall, the market development has been disappointing for the U.S.," Mr. Meyer said.

While the national market for solar power stations has languished, solar power appears to be growing locally, however slowly.

"I think we're seeing a bit of maturation in the industry," said Richard Rothhaar, director of business development at Conservation Consultants Inc. on the South Side.

One business new to Pittsburgh is Standard Solar, a Rockville, Md.-based designer and installer of solar panel systems that took an office in Oxford Centre, Downtown, in May.

Local sales representative Michael Jones said Standard decided to come here because Pittsburgh is "a new market for solar in general."

"Solar really has far and away been more advanced in Eastern Pennsylvania than here," he said, because the price of electricity has been higher there, and because New Jersey took an "aggressive position" on solar.

"The value of their solar renewable energy credits is double [in New Jersey] what they are here," he said.

That spawned the development of solar businesses that eventually expanded into Eastern Pennsylvania to increase their market share.

Now Western Pennsylvania is seeing more engineering firms, electrical contractors and roofers who want to add the installation and maintenance of solar arrays to their skill sets, he said.

For Standard, which was founded in 2004, that spells opportunity to work with them to provide expertise and financing.


Edgetech I.G. ProActive About Health and Wellness

Edgetech’s ‘ProActive’ wellness program is celebrating seven years of success, promoting healthier lifestyles for employees and their families. Initiated by its parent company, Lauren International, ProActive focuses on providing easy access to preventative screening, exercise facilities and assistance with life challenges from financial counseling to smoking cessation.

“Through ProActive, we strive to remove barriers so people have access to healthy alternatives and by offering programs that can be tailored for employees’ individual goals,” said Maurya Shaw, health and wellness advocate, Lauren International.  “This concept has been embraced by Edgetech employees at all levels, helping us reduce healthcare costs and create a healthier organization overall.”

Lauren International offers onsite fitness rooms at both its New Philadelphia and Cambridge locations, providing employees access to a fitness coach, physical therapist and nutritionist. Employees also have the opportunity to meet with a chiropractor and massage therapist at a reduced rate. Free health risk assessments are also available through Edgetech’s in-house clinic, including cholesterol, triglycerides, glucose, A1C, blood pressure and weight analysis. Additional programs, such as Weight Watchers meetings and physical therapy, are available through Lauren International. But, beyond traditional wellness programs, Edgetech takes a ‘whole person’ approach by offering counseling and other programs designed to help employees reduce the stresses of everyday life.

“Wellness is more than just eating healthy, it’s about improving lives and reducing stress on employees and families whenever possible,” Shaw said. “With ProActive, Edgetech employees are more empowered to make better choices about the way they live their lives, which translates to better morale and a better overall work environment.”

Shaw looks to expand ProActive in the near future to emphasize regular screenings and personalized goal setting.

Source: GlassOnWeb

Emirates Glass Triples Production Capacity

With the installation of the multi-million dirham Terra-G sputter-coating line, the yearly capacity of Emirates Glass has tripled to more than 3.5 million square meters.

"The capacity expansion will enable Emirates Glass to capitalize more effectively on demand for energy-efficient architectural glass and emerge as a truly global player in the glass industry," said Ziad Yazbeck, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Glass LLC. "The move will allow us to diversify our position geographically and expand our market to more countries in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Europe."

The new coating line is now operating as designed, producing cut-to-size and stock sheet post-temperable, high-performance coated glass under the popular EmiCool brand name.

"EmiCool is one of our largest selling brands, and has been much in demand globally owing to its high performance and superior energy efficiency," said Yazbeck. "Available in a variety of models to suit diverse customer requirements, EmiCool is designed to perform optimally in heating-dominated as well as cooling-dominated climates, keeping the heat in, or out, as required."

Emirates Glass is one of the leading processors of architectural flat glass in the Middle East, exporting products to 18 countries around the world. Based in the UAE, the company offers the widest variety of high-performance solar control, low-emissivity coated glass products available on the market today. Emirates Glass' high-performance coated glass products provide building owners, architects and consultants a wide range of thermal performance and aesthetic expression from which to choose. In a recent survey, Emirates Glass was ranked among the 50 most influential construction suppliers in the GCC region.

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Guardian Ecoguard Solar Boost-lp Laminated Parabolic Mirrors Proven To Provide Superior Performance

Global glass manufacturer Guardian Industries announced the results of an independent performance study today that proves EcoGuard Solar Boost-LP, its laminated parabolic mirror for concentrated solar power (CSP) applications, provides industry-leading performance. Company officials attending the CSP USA Summit in San Francisco June 24 & 25, 2010, shared the findings with industry leaders.
Guardian EcoGuard Solar Boost-LP is designed to provide best-in-class solar reflectivity, concentrating efficiency and durability. Tests conducted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) compared the reflectance of EcoGuard Solar Boost-LP with standard 4mm monolithic mirrors that are currently used in most large solar fields. The tests showed that EcoGuard Solar Boost-LP has a solar reflectance of 96.75 – better than any measured 4-mm monolithic mirror.
NREL reported Guardian’s laminated glass reflector has an initial solar-weighted hemispherical (SWV) reflectance of 96.75 ± 0.09. It has an initial specular reflectance of 95.86 ± 0.08 into a 25-mrad cone angle and 7-mrad of 94.93 ± 0.97. NREL is testing EcoGuard Solar Boost-LP’s long-term durability as well.
"The CSP industry needs mirrors that will remain highly reflective for 30+ years with little to no degradation and will help lower the cost of electricity generated by CSP to be competitive with natural gas," said NREL Senior Scientist Cheryl Kennedy.
Similar to a car windshield, EcoGuard Solar Boost-LP is comprised of two layers of glass that are laminated together with a PVB interlayer. A mirrored surface is contained within the laminate on the backside of the forward glass. The thin front glass results in a shorter transmission path and industry benchmark reflectivity performance. Guardian has years of experience in developing systems and efficiencies in such manufacturing processes.
EcoGuard Solar Boost-LP has also been extensively field tested for proven durability and validated using numerous accelerated test protocols. It has passed over 10 years equivalent of Arizona EMMAQUA® (Equatorial Mount with Mirrors for Acceleration with Water) testing and a failure point in 85 deg C /85% Rh exposure has not been found. The combined glass and PVB layers provide superior rigidity and durability compared to traditional monolithic glass systems. The laminated construction also results in optimum damping, wind resistance and reduction of subsequent field component damage.
“We are pleased that NREL’s research shows what we have been saying all along – that EcoGuard Solar Boost Laminated Panels outperform 4mm monolithic reflector panels,” said Scott Thomsen, Group Vice President of North American Flat Glass Operations.
Members of Guardian Industries’ solar energy products team attended the CSP Summit in San Francisco June 23-25 to discuss Guardian’s latest solar technology and products, as well as share the recent NREL results.
While at the show, Michael Magdich, Guardian’s general manager of the solar-CSP division, participated in a forum at the summit to discuss ways to increase cost efficiencies in the solar industry (“Solar savings - ways to cut the cost of CSP plants”:
A global manufacturer of high-quality glass for more than 75 years, Guardian has comprehensive product and technology pipelines that consistently translate into high-performance glass products for a wide range of industries. Guardian is well positioned to provide the solar market with superior solutions that address current and future market needs.
Source: GlassOnWeb

New Coating Configuration Offers Superior Performance For Laminated Insulating Units

In 2005, Hurricane Wilma sparked an interest toward moving the laminated lite of an insulating glass unit to the outboard position. Now, Viracon, the country’s leading single-source architectural glass fabricator, is able to offer coatings on the number four surface of the laminated insulating unit, a significant performance enhancement over placing the coating on the second surface of the unit.
Prior to this recent trend in hurricane wind zones, a typical insulating glass unit featured a sacrificial exterior lite with a laminated lite to the interior. After Wilma sent shattered glass raining into Miami’s streets, the Florida Building Code for the High Velocity Hurricane Zone was amended to require "safety glazing" for the outboard lite. As a result, many building owners began to move the laminated glass ply to the exterior. This often meant moving the Low-E coating to the #2 surface, the interior of the laminated ply. However, that affected the performance of the coating.
"Most Low-E and reflective coatings perform best when touching an air space," says Christine Shaffer, marketing manager at Viracon. "In hurricane zones and some international locations, customers are moving towards having a laminate outboard lite. For any project that cants outward 15 degrees or more, a laminate outboard is required. Our goal is to be able offer customers both energy performance and fallout protection, so we reviewed our processes to develop a way to provide the coating. the #4 surface."
With the help of new fabrication equipment, Viracon is now able to offer a variety of its coatings, including its popular, VE-2M Low-E coating on the fourth surface of the laminate. This offers improved U-values and solar performance to customers seeking an insulating unit with a laminate outboard.
In addition, placing the coating on the #4 surface allows for the use of a colored interlayer to the exterior without sacrificing performance. Previously, designers had to choose between placing the laminate to the exterior to provide vivid and vibrant colors or providing a high level of performance. Now, with the laminated outboard and a coating on the fourth surface they can have both striking color and high performance.
Source: GlassOnWeb

Frameless Glass Rooflights

A brand new website has been launched to focus on the growing trend for all glass rooflights, frameless and skylights. With many homeowners now looking for alternatives to PVC and aluminium all glass frameless rooflights are the perfect answer. The roofs not only look neater and more slimline but they also let in more light because there are no chunky glazing bars or ridges to block the view.

Vision rooflights is making these amazing new products affordable by offering fixed flat roof lights and pitched frameless and pyramid rooflights at amazing prices. “Whats more is our rooflights are unbeatable in terms of energy saving performance, our flat rooflights have a U-value of 0.6 W/m2k which is the best that money can buy” said Rob Sweeney company director “all the products are constructed using the reflex+ glazing system which comes with a 20 year unit seal warranty, that’s twice the 10 years that other glass rooflights come with” he added.

Because the flat and frameless rooflights are not fabricated using aluminium sections the overall energy rating of the roof lights is improved. The weak link in many glass windows and doors is the frame and by doing away with this the amazing performance of the triple glazed glass unit can be reaslised throught the whole of the roof making the rooflight very insulated, meaning customers do not have to worry about the size of the hole in their flat roof and heat loss. With a triple glazed flat rooflight that features no aluminium frame the overall improvement in heat loss is around 80% when compared to old fashioned, overpriced aluminium rooflights.

The company can also offer the new rooflights in switchable Smart-Tint privacy glass for controlling glare and privacy at the flick of a switch. Instant prices can be viewed on the website with many glazing options including the switchable glass. Customers can place orders online and also view technical specs for products.

With flat roof renovation featuring glazed skylights for maximum natural light the new frameless glass roofs are proving to be very popular.

Source: GlassOnWeb

Seven Glassblock: Meeting With 5+1AA Alfonso Femia Gianluca Peluffo

Always in search of new and more efficacious forms of dialogue with the world of design, last June in fact the leading company on the glass block market launched a calendar of meetings open to the public with some of the most significant interpreters of contemporary architecture: this offers a precious opportunity to get in contact with some of the world’s greatest designers as well as with today’s up-and-coming studios, and to perceive the key line with which each interprets elements of great fascination in architecture such as transparency.
While the first event hosted Belén Moneo and Jeff Brock, the owners of the studio of the same name founded in New York in 1993 now based in Madrid, the attention now returns to Italy with a lecture by 5+1AA, the architecture studio founded in Genoa in 1995 by Alfonso Femia and Gianluca Peluffo, with other offices in Milan and Paris and with design proposals and architecture jobs coming from all over Europe.
Among the numerous projects the studio is currently handling, two stand out on account of their particular relationship between architecture and transparency: the Horizontal Tower at Fiera Milano Rho and the enlargement of the IULM in Milan, which use the new Q30 Diamante glass block, designed by 5+1AA and made by Seves glassblock as part of the Tailor Made service offered to architects.
In the Horizontal Tower project, the building that will house the management of Sviluppo Sistema Fiera a Milano, approx. 1,700 glass blocks have been used for the north-west closing wall of the double height volume of the meeting room, located in the intermediate terrace between the 5th and 6th floors. This transparent volume, a kind of void mid-building, is like an environment suspended between the city and the territory and conveys a sense of spatial lightness and magic: the three-dimensionality of the glass blocks allows the light to be filtered and reflected in a changing manner, accentuating this effect of suspension.
In the project for the enlargement of the IULM, approx. 17,500 Q30 Diamante blocks have been used around all the university’s distribution routes and in the 11-storey tower that will house the digital library. The decision to use glass blocks is associated with the need to work with both total transparency and the weight of the existing volumes and their capacity to create shadows and reverberations.
Result of a sensual dialogue between the designers and the material, Q30 Diamante has been sought out by 5+1AA as a new possibility to be able to organise variations on the themes that often return in their projects, above all the interaction with natural light and night-time metamorphosis, the interior-exterior relationship and the search for Beauty as dialogue and astonishment.
Source: GlassOnWeb

Introducing EnerLogic All-Season LOW-E Technology: An Energy-Efficiency Breakthrough from Solutia

Solutia Inc., (NYSE: SOA), the world’s leading producer of professional window films for automotive, residential and commercial markets, is excited to announce a groundbreaking new film product. The EnerLogic™, all-season Energy Control Window Film Series is the latest addition to the LLumar®  line-up of architectural window films. Featuring a patent-pending, low-e coating, EnerLogic™ window film adds up to 42%(1) more insulating power to existing commercial and residential windows – improving energy efficiency in every season. This technology is “always on”, 24/7, saving you money every day of the year.

Developed as part of Solutia’s ongoing commitment to energy efficiency, EnerLogic™ window film has insulating performance superior to any window film available. In summer, heat from the sun is reflected away from windows, easing the stress on air-conditioning. In winter, radiant heat from heating systems is directed back into the room, reducing energy use and improving comfort.

“A building is only as energy efficient as its windows,” Rainer Bechtold , Solutia Performance Films Division Director of Marketing –  EMEA , explains. “Traditional window films reflect heat out, providing substantial savings in summer, but adding relatively little value in winter. EnerLogic™ film helps keep the heat outside in summer and inside in winter, creating a perfect balance of energy efficiency, cost savings, and comfort.”

Outstanding Energy Efficiency – The patent-pending technology of EnerLogic™ window film will effectively upgrade the annual insulating performance of single pane glazing to close to double pane glazing and double pane glazing to close to triple pane glazing. The result is a significant increase in window efficiency at a fraction of window replacement cost.

Great Energy Savings – The use of EnerLogic™ window film could help to save over 10% on year-round energy costs!

Quick Payback – Windows typically account for 15% - 30% of a commercial building’s heating costs, and frequently more than 30% of cooling costs. EnerLogic™ window film is a low-cost, high-return technology that compares favorably to other popular energy-saving measures both in terms of energy efficiency and cost savings. In fact, EnerLogic™ outperforms most alternatives in terms of simple payback.

“At CPFilms we understand that the greenest energy is the energy that isn’t used,” said Ray Kollar, Solutia Performance Films Division President and General Manager. “This innovative new window film series offers excellent value by improving energy efficiency in every season, helping to reduce consumption and preserve natural resources. We are proud to be the first film company to introduce this revolutionary technology.”

Source: GlassOnWeb

UK Company Develops the Ultimate Fire Door

This is a new door system that architects and designers have been waiting for, providing a new level of functionality coupled with absolute fire safety.  I attach an image, and can supply others.

Wrightstyle is a UK company that supplies its systems worldwide.  Recent contact completions have included the Dubai Metro, a World Cup stadium in Durban, and other projects in the USA, Hong Kong and Australia.

It’s the ultimate unlatched fire-resistant door system that architects and interior designers have wanted to specify for years.

The breakthrough fire door system from Wrightstyle now offers designers internationally a range of entirely new and fully-glazed interior or exterior door options that offer complete practicality coupled with absolute fire safety.

The Wrightstyle unlatched doors, in single or double leaf format, are entirely free-swinging and available in a wide range of surface finishes including stainless steel and with full glazing options. 

The double leaf door system is also available in either rebated or un-rebated options, meaning that there does not have to be an overlap between the doors, allowing each door to be opened separately and simultaneously in either direction – and therefore ideal for heavy traffic thoroughfares and busy corridors.

Adding further to their aesthetics and practicality, options are available for the hinges and closer mechanisms to be completely concealed within the framing system, offering a fully flush-faced door.
Until now, interior fire doors in their closed position had to be manually opened with a handle and latch, providing a less than optimal solution in a busy working environment.

The Wrightstyle system entirely does away with the need for latches because, in normal use, whether in an office or busy educational or healthcare corridor, the doors allow free passage in both directions, either swinging back automatically into the closed position, or fitted with an automated swing door operator.

However, in a fire, the unique Wrightstyle door system will automatically and securely close, providing a barrier against fire and toxic gases, fire-tested and certified up to 120 minutes, with a range of fire resistance options for insulation and integrity. 

The door systems are available in a range of sizes and in either stainless steel or steel options, and can be supplied in kit form or fully fabricated for a complete design to installation service – in offices, hospitals, educational facilities, airports, or anywhere there is traffic density.

Although designed primarily for interior use, the Wrightstyle door system can also be fitted with secure deadlocks, allowing them to be used as exterior doors.

This new concept in door fire safety significantly pushes the design envelope because, for the first time, it provides a technological solution for what has always been an interior design problem.

Source: GlassOnWeb

Italian Car Museum Utilizes Diamon-Fusion Nano-Coating In Large-Scale Glass Restoration Project

Diamon-Fusion International, Inc. (DFI Nanotechnology), global developer and exclusive licensor of patented hydrophobic nanotechnologies, announced today the exclusive application of its patented nano- coating product to a large-scale glass restoration project by one of the world’s most famous historical auto museums, the Nicolis Museum of Cars, Technology and Mechanics, a spectacular and ultra-modern container of culture and ideas in Villafranca near Verona, Italy. Through collaboration with DFI’s strategic partner, AKTARUS GROUP and GRUPPO INDUSTRIALE TOSONI (GIT), Diamon-Fusion® has been specified to be fashioned at this project as a valuable low-maintenance, clean tech feature to reduce on-going cleaning costs. DFI’s eco-friendly nano-coating also eliminates the need for harsh chemicals thus creating a greener environment. The oversized, curved and flat glass panels are treated and restored with the patented Diamon-Fusion® nano-coating, creating a water repellent effect which enables ease of cleaning and protection against scratches, abrasions, and environmental elements.
The museum housing the collection by creator Luciano Nicolis provides an impressive architectural structure with free sections: the rooms can be modified freely to the functional needs of the museum exhibition. The large glass facades bring the right amount of light into the inner spaces of this modern building, while the articulation of the building and its orientation allows a continuous change of perspective during the approach and the possibility of having the front façade from different vantage points. All of the glass facades are being restored and treated with the innovative protective nano-coating through DFI. The museum hosts autmotive works of arts that include world's reknown makers such as Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Bugatti, Lancia, BMW, Benz, among others.
“The Nicolis Museum restoration project is one of several DFI has currently underway around the globe,” stated Guillermo Seta, executive director of DFI Global Operations. “World-wide, organizations and companies are seeing the benefits of this value-added coating feature to restore, maintain and protect these amazing architectural works of art. We are pleased to partner with these leaders in this innovative field aimed at protecting and restoring these architectural masterpieces.”
"This project symbolizes both the great benefit of adding Diamon-Fusion® as a key low-maintenance feature to the glass facades of such an extraordinary 'container of automotive culture', as well as the great collaboration we have with Gruppo Industrialle Tosoni, which certainly goes beyond this single project", said Paolo Spinelli, Managing Director of Aktarus Group.
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Saint-Gobain Sekurit And Trakya Cam Expand Together In Russia

On 26 April 2010, Saint-Gobain Sekurit and Trakya Cam signed an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) to set up a 50-50 joint-venture specialized in producing and selling automotive glass in Russia.
The investment project is to build a plant in the Republic of Tatarstan with production due to come on stream in 2013 and able to supply the full glass car-set - windshield, side lites and backlites - to equip 500,000 vehicles a year.
This manufacturing facility will be located close to a flat glass (float) production plant which will be built by Trakya Cam, with the participation of Saint-Gobain, and start production in 2012.
"This investment is completely in line with Saint-Gobain's growth strategy in the emerging countries. It will enable Saint-Gobain Sekurit, one of the world's leading auto glass groups, to strengthen its industrial network and support the growth of its customers" explains Benoît d'Iribarne, CEO of Saint-Gobain Sekurit and Saint-Gobain Glass.
In the words of Gülsüm Azeri, Şişecam Flat Glass CEO and Chairman of Trakya Cam: "This partnership project in Russia with Saint-Gobain is another milestone in the rapid growth of Trakya Cam automotive glass business. In addition to its auto glass facilities in Turkey and Bulgaria serving Turkish and European markets, Trakya Cam aims to efficiently serve the fast growing Russian automotive industry from a local production base."
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Saflex Collaborates With Oerlikon Solar To Develop New Reflective Solar Encapsulant

Saflex, a business unit of Solutia, is launching a breakthrough solar encapsulant that helps increase the efficiency of the solar module while reducing material usage. The new product, called Saflex(R) Radiant White PA27, represents a new class of value-added encapsulants and is based on collaboration between Oerlikon Solar and Saflex to rapidly drive thin film PV technology towards grid parity.
Unlike standard encapsulants, Saflex Radiant White PA27 is unique in that it continues to ensure long term durability of panels but also reflects light back through the module that is not initially absorbed by the active layers. Module manufacturers can expect panel efficiency to increase due to the higher reflectivity of white PA27 compared to other reflective technologies like white paint or metallic back contacts.
"We continually challenge all suppliers to aggressively deliver solutions to help make solar power economically viable around the world," comments Dai-Won Suh, Strategic Sourcing Manager for Oerlikon Solar. "Saflex exceeded our expectations by developing a new encapsulant that improved panel efficiency and further reduced material usage in record time."
Saflex PA27 is manufactured to an ultra-thin thickness of 0.51mm compared to standard PVB encapsulants which typically range from 0.76mm to 1.14mm in thickness.
To re-direct light back through the film for improved energy conversion, most solar modules utilize a reflective metallic stack or reflective white coat. Saflex PA27 incorporates the reflective benefits provided by these more traditional methods into the encapsulant giving module manufacturers a cost effective solution to increase solar panel efficiency and simplify the manufacturing process.
"We understand that Oerlikon Solar's customers expect long-term efficiency gains with Micromorph(R) PV technology," reports Christopher Reed, Saflex Global Business Director, Photovoltaics. "Working closely with Oerlikon Solar, we were able to develop an advanced reflective encapsulant for Micromorph manufacturers to help drive down cost and maximize productivity. This supports Oerlikon Solar's goal of making solar energy economically viable."
In addition to its reflective benefits, Saflex PA27 ushers in a new era of electrical insulation with a two-order-of-magnitude increase in bulk resistivity. This equates to significant improvements in the wet insulation resistance of the module, resulting in a reduction in current losses to ground and an increase in the power collected from each module.
Source: GlassOnWeb

Solar Panels For Georgia's Largest Commercial Solar Project

Kyocera Solar, Inc. announced it is the sole supplier of photovoltaic modules for the largest commercial solar array in the state of Georgia. USFloors recently installed the 144.48 kW solar array at its facilities located in Dalton, GA. The rooftop installation, comprised of 672 Kyocera KD 215GX PLU solar modules, spans approximately 14,500 square feet and is expected to produce 171,216 kwh/year—enough electricity to power 14 homes annually. In addition, the system will offset more than 100 percent of the building's current electrical needs, allowing for a reduction in operating costs that will preserve company jobs.

"This solar project demonstrates Kyocera's commitment to sustainable energy," stated Steve Hill, president of Kyocera Solar, Inc. "Kyocera strives to help organizations achieve their sustainability goals—we are pleased to work with companies such as USFloors and United Renewable Energy LLC who share Kyocera's commitment to the environment."

As a top provider of sustainable flooring, USFloors' commitment is to provide its customers with high quality, environmentally sound products—a practice that motivated the company to produce solar electric power on site. Various utility and government incentives such as accelerated depreciation and state and federal tax credits, made the completion of the project possible, and contributed to the site's LEED certification process and ongoing sustainability mission.

Georgia-based United Renewable energy designed and installed the solar array. According to URE President William Silva, "We chose Kyocera's solar panels for two simple reasons, quality and reliability. Their real world, global track record and zero tolerance made Kyocera the clear choice."

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AGC Sets Up Production Base In China For TFT-LCD Glass Substrates

AGC (Asahi Glass Co., Ltd.; Head Office: Tokyo; President & CEO: Kazuhiko Ishimura) has decided to open a new production base in Jiangsu, China for TFT-LCD (thin-film transistor liquid crystal display) glass substrates. Installed will be facilities to process (cutting and polishing) up to 8th generation glass substrates, and the start of volume production is currently scheduled in Autumn 2011.
Demand for TFT-LCD panels has remained relatively strong for both TV and PC applications, and is expected to continue to grow at a rate of 10 to 20% per year. The mother glass used in mainstream production methods of TFT-LCD panel manufacturers is large sized, and hence, there is a need for glass manufacturers to be capable of steadily supplying large sized glass substrates. To date, in step with the growth of demand for glass substrates, AGC has expanded capacity and has strived to raise productivity at its existing facilities located in Japan, Korea and Taiwan. In Korea, operation of a new furnace has begun this year, following last year’s. Expansions are going forward also in Taiwan to respond to demand growth.
AGC has been supplying orders from China by shipping from these existing production bases. However, plans to produce large sized TFT-LCD panels in China are arising one after another, and the future demand for large sized glass substrates is expected to grow greatly. Therefore, AGC has decided to set up this new facility capable of processing large sized glass substrates, and thereby establish a production system with enough flexibility to respond to the growth of the Chinese market in coordination with existing operations in Japan, Korea and Taiwan.
“The Second Round of Globalization” is one of the major focus points of AGC’s management policy Grow Beyond. We look to strengthen and expand our businesses and presence in the emerging countries.
Source: GlassOnWeb

SIGN Design Of Polymagic LED Glass-To Open A New Era For LED Glass Application

The amazing creative idea of designers is admirable. When conceptual designs of Polymagic LED Glass guide sign and emergency road sign become exquisite finished products, it marks the Polymagic LED glass applications to enter a new area. The emergence of Polytron’s Polymagic LED Glass sign fills the gap in the field of global high-end signs market.

The green energy-saving futures and excellent luminous efficiency of LED make it boom in the logos’ outdoor applications. But due to various reasons, LED materials were weak in the indoor logo design. Indoor High-end logo and logo area need new materials to substitute the outdated road signs of luminescent material and low-end LED emergency sign, and the emergence of LED Glass fills the gap in this market.
Polymagic LED Glass, a perfect combination of LED’s green and energy-saving property as well as superior luminous efficiency, combines with glass to show up unique transparent and refraction effect. Polymagic LED Glass road signs designed by Polytron’s skilled designers present a perfect visual effect as well as full of advertising effect to become a popular choice for logo design of brand shops and storefronts.
PolymagicTM LED glass is a high end decorating electronic glass, combining the green lighting source of LED with the transparent glass to make a famous stylish lighting glass in the industry. As a leading supplier in LED glass industry, Polytron Technologies, Inc. could supply double-side lighting LED glass which have been applied in thousands of projects in more than 67 countries worldwide. There are five colors available for the LEDs: red, green, yellow, white and blue.
Polytron Technologies, Inc. dedicated to supply top quality innovative PolymagicTM LED glass to industry designers, architects, end product manufacturers, contractors, clock makers, building material agents, furniture manufacturers, sign and logo makers, high-end arts and crafts manufacturers, gifts makers, lighting manufacturers…etc worldwide.
Source: GlassOnWeb

Bystronic Glass: Efficient Buffering, Storing And Sorting Of Photovoltaic Modules

The market leader in the field of sorting systems for glass now also offers customer-specific solutions for the solar industry. Therefore, Bystronic glass's decades of experience in such systems, for example in insulating glass production now also applies to the handling of substrates or ready-made modules
Bystronic glass offers sorting systems for buffer operation or the direct connection to a production line for thin-film solar modules. Customers obtain modular configurable solutions designed to meet their individual production requirements. "The sorting systems can be used in the front end for de-coupling the different production processes from each other as well as at the back end for sorting the ready-made modules prior to packaging," explains Pieder Berther, project engineer in the sales department of the Bystronic glass Technology Center Bystronic Maschinen AG.
The buffer and storage system Depending on size and composition, the substrates are stored either vertically, at an angle of 6°, or horizontally. Loading and unloading is carried out by means of conveyors, sorting carriages or robots. Depending on customer requirements, this can be done either according to the storing sequence (first-in, first-out principle), against the storing sequence (first-in, last-out principle) or individually in any order. The fixed storage systems or cartridges have more than 120 positions, which can be managed in a high-bay warehouse. "Our buffer and storage system is suitable for the storage of both substrates as well as ready-made modules with back rails and junction box – for all conventional glass sizes up to 2.20 x 2.60 metres," explains Pieder Berther. The system's cycle times can be adjusted according to the performance of the production line.
The sorting system
In order to sort ready-made photovoltaic modules according to quality, performance classes, physical sizes or other features a sorting operation is required: After leaving production in the sequence of manufacture, the modules are temporarily stored and then removed at the appropriate time according to the sorting criteria. It is possible to integrate a number of inspection processes in advance – i.e. at the end of the production process and prior to storage and / or sorting. The sorted modules subsequently arrive at the automatic packing station.
"The buffer and storage system as well as the sorting system are characterised by solid design, high positioning accuracy and gentle handling of substrates and / or modules," Pieder Berther comments to highlight the features of the proven Bystronic glass quality. Apart from these mechanical advantages, the systems are also equipped with their own control system for seamless object tracking, including interfaces to the different processes and the MES (manufacturing execution system).
Source: GlassOnWeb

Dual Laser and Blade Cutting System Enters Market

BUFFALO, N.Y., USA - Eastman Machine Company, manufacturer of cutting machines, automated cutting systems, material handling equipment, and software solutions announces the release of its latest generation laser cutting system applicable to customers in the aerospace, automotive, composite and industrial fabrics industries.

Several enhancements were developed for the 2010 release as compared to laser cutting systems previously available from Eastman (circa 1995). Eastman’s Buffalo-based engineering team has designed a dual configuration laser system equipped with a three-tool cutting head. The availability of a laser plus three tool spindles is the first system of its kind to enter the market; this technology will minimize any associated switchover time between material cutting requirements. Laser cutting is beneficial for fabrics that require fused edges to prevent fraying. The dual laser and blade cutting system will provide unprecedented opportunities to Eastman customers, allowing them cutting capabilities for a greater variety of materials and applications.

The tool head features a 200 watt gas assist laser (100 watt optional) and three individually aligned and calibrated tool spindles that may be equipped with any combination of rotary and straight knife blades, notches or punches. The tool head is also equipped with a pneumatic pen/marker holder for labeling pieces. Other new features include an industrial size fume extractor to ensure purified air in the workplace; an on-board chiller; touch screen operator control; linear rack and rail drive system; and a diagnostic control cabinet.

The new dual system from Eastman will offer all cutting capabilities of Eastman’s CNC static cutting table. The Eastman static table is a single to low-ply cutting system that provides superior cutting performance and increased throughput. This fully automated cutter plotter is capable of marking, drilling and punching virtually any flexible material at speeds of up to 60 inches per second (152.4 cm/s). Automated cutting systems offer optimum material yields while reducing labor and operating costs.

Source: GlassOnWeb

Revival in Real Estate Could Come as a Boon for Float Glass Industry

When major sectors in the economy do well, it augurs well for several ancillary industries that depend on them. A case in point is the Rs 5,500-crore Indian glass industry, which has shown good growth in the past few quarters driven by an uptick in demand from user-industries such as infrastructure, construction, automobiles, food processing, beverages, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics, among others. The past four quarters have seen a steady growth in the fortunes of glass companies —with some of them swinging to profit.

For the industry, FY09 was not particularly favourable. During the first half, when demand was relatively buoyant, companies faced soaring prices of key inputs. And during the second half, when commodity prices stabilised, demand stagnated due to the economic slowdown.

In FY2010, with economy coming back on track and input costs remaining benign, the industry is again witnessing a revival as reflected by the improving financials.

Robust growth in automobiles, infrastructure, liquor & other beverages, boom in building and construction have enabled the companies in the glass sector to post healthy results over the past four trailing quarters.

Hindusthan National Glass, the market leader in packaging glass, has reported 4% Y-o-Y increase in its revenues and flat growth in profit. With its prime customers in food processing, liquor and pharmaceutical industry registering growth in volumes, the company is already seeing signs of recovery in demand. It’s expecting to close the fiscal with a 75% increase in profit and more than 20% increase in revenues. Asahi India Glass, a major supplier of float and sheet glass to the auto industry, has posted a 8% growth in its consolidated net sales over the past four trailing quarters and significantly reduced its loss to Rs 5.5 crore against Rs 58.3 crore a year ago. With auto sales growing at a healthy pace, the prospects for this company also are bright.

Piramal Glass, an export-oriented specialty glass player, has started showing signs of recovery and swung to reporting profits since the past two quarters. Catering to the packaging needs of the fast-growing cosmetics and perfumery sector, the company is steadily gaining market share in the overseas market on account of being a low-cost manufacturer. With crude oil prices remaining stable over the past couple of quarters, the industry has seen an expansion in the operating profit margins.

With stability on the cost side and good outlook on the demand side, the packaging glass segment has good prospects. The float glass segment, with its primary use in the real estate industry, is seeing good demand pick-up from the residential real estate segment. With commercial real estate sector showing signs of revival, the prospects of float glass industry are likely to improve over the next few quarters.

Source: TheEconomicTimes