PPG Industries (NYSE: PPG) has announced the formation of the PPG Solar Performance Group, which will focus on the continuous development and commercialization of glass and coatings technologies for the solar power industry.
Scott Follett, global director, Patrick Kelly, solar segment manager-North America/European Union, and leading PPG research and development professionals will lead a team dedicated to solar product and technology development, sales, manufacturing and technical support.
Victoria M. Holt, senior vice president, glass and fiber glass, said, “PPG is well positioned to capitalize on the future of the global solar market. Our expertise in glass substrates and glass coating is enabling the development of new products that increase solar power generation efficiencies.”
Holt noted that, after three years of focused research and development, PPG recently launched the SOLARPHIRE(R) glass family of products, which helps to maximize the efficiency of all solar technologies, including passive, crystalline silicon, thin film, concentrated solar power and concentrated photovoltaics.
Follett said, “The formation of the PPG Solar Performance Group demonstrates PPG’s commitment to creating innovative products that serve markets with tremendous growth potential. We have worked closely with customers to ensure that these products increase power-generation efficiency, and the PPG Solar Performance Group will help to grow the products’ position in the solar marketplace.”
The PPG Solar Performance Group will leverage the expertise of the entire corporation to develop durable, “green” lead-free protective coatings, adhesives and sealants. Follett said PPG’s proficiency in glass handling and fabrication also will enable the group to provide customers with complete solar solutions.
The PPG Solar Performance Group is headquartered at the PPG Glass Business and Discovery Center in Harmar, Pa. The group will exhibit at Solar Power International in Los Angeles, Oct. 12-14, West Hall Booth #138.
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 is a registered trademark of PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.