Posted: June 10, 2010

Alcan Specialty Sheet Showcases its Unique and Latest Innovation Solution - Solar Surface Selfclean

(Nanowerk News) Alcan Specialty Sheet, part of Alcan Engineered Products - a business unit of Rio Tinto - launches its new Solar Surface® Selfclean at the coming edition of the INTERSOLAR trade show in Munich, Germany, from 9th to 11th June 2010. This leading-edge technology fully enriches its market-proven Solar Surface® range of solutions.
The new Solar Surface® Selfclean solution will be proposing two technologies:
  • Solar Surface® Selfclean PC : photocatalytic and hydrophilic reflector surface
  • Solar Surface® Selfclean eZ : superhydrophobic reflector surface
  • Covering a large spectrum of applications required by the solar industry markets (including substrates for absorbers & Solar Surface® reflectors materials), Alcan Specialty Sheet moves one step further in confirming its leading position as aluminium solutions provider.
    "This innovation further strengthens our leadership as provider of intelligent aluminium-based solutions to the solar industry. Our close and longstanding relationship with our customers combined with our recognized outstanding expertise in R&D, enabled Alcan Specialty Sheet to develop a unique Solar Surface® solution for the increasingly complex solar market needs" said Thierry Mootz, Director Sales and Marketing Automotive and Customized Solutions.
    Recognized a strategic technological breakthrough, the Solar Surface® Selfclean offer has been chosen to be highlighted during the prestigious Intersolar Innovation Exchange (in Hall C3).
    Aluminium is a critical material to address the solar industry's challenges. The high reflectivity and formability of aluminium mirrors with nano-particle sol-gel protection is today an industry standard for a number of solar collector technologies.
    "Alcan Specialty Sheet's new Solar Surface® Selfclean coatings, incorporating active nano-particles and silane compounds, provides additional performance and functionality by chemically breaking down dirt and contaminants in contact with the surface, thus ensuring that the solar mirrors remain clean and efficient, always", emphasized Philippe Lequeu, Director Technology & Innovation.
    About Alcan Specialty Sheet
    Alcan Specialty Sheet is a key player in the European rolling industry, occupying leading market positions for packaging, automotive, and customised industrial sheet solutions including high quality functional surface products. It has world-class rolling and recycling operations in Neuf-Brisach (France) and Singen (Germany), dedicated R&D capabilities in Voreppe (France) and Neuhausen (Switzerland), and employs over 2,000 people.
    About Alcan Engineered Products
    Alcan Engineered Products is a global sector-leader strongly committed to developing innovative, value-added aluminium products for a broad range of markets and applications, including aerospace, mass transportation, automotive, packaging, energy and building. With around 11,000 employees located in 27 countries and a commercial presence in more than 60 markets worldwide, Alcan Engineered Products is organised around businesses dedicated to performance materials in the areas of aluminium rolled products, extrusions and automotive structures, aluminium cable and international trade. Alcan Engineered Products is headquartered in Paris, France.
    Source: Rio Tinto Alcan (press release)
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