PPG Industries has been named a finalist in the category of best applied R&D for the first U.S. Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) Industry Awards. The event is sponsored by CSP Today, an international organization devoted to promoting the development of concentrated solar power.
The CSP Today Industry Awards recognize excellence in the field of CSP innovation, competitiveness, applied research and development, dispatchability and technological innovation. PPG is being honored for developing Solarphire(R) HVM solar mirror glass, which combines a highly transmissive, ultra-clear, low-iron float glass with a proprietary vapor-deposited mirror coating and a lead-free protective encapsulant. The combination of these three technologies gives Solarphire HVM glass the ability to more effectively concentrate and collect solar energy. By increasing the ratio of reflected (captured) solar energy to the incident solar energy, Solarphire HVM glass enables CSP plants to generate more power at less cost.
Winners will be announced at the 4th Concentrated Solar Power Summit USA on June 24 in San Francisco.
PPG Industries’ vision is to continue to be the world’s leading coatings and specialty products company. Founded in 1883, the company serves customers in industrial, transportation, consumer products, and construction markets and aftermarkets. With headquarters in Pittsburgh, PPG operates in more than 60 countries around the globe. Sales in 2009 were $12.2 billion. PPG (ppg.com) shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG).
Solarphire (ppgsolarphire.com) is a registered trademark of PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.