SolPol -Symposium | NEW ENERGIES 2020

With the presentation "SolPol is over- what's next?" Robert Buchinger called for the industrial implementation of research and development results.

The symposium took place in Linz on the occasion of the conclusion of the SolPol-4/5 project, the latest project of the large-scale research project SolPol. The symposium was hosted by the Johannes Kepler University.

The project SolPol-4/5 is based on a vast expertise in solar-thermal and polymer research, and by applying a science-driven approach guided by industrial experience, SolPol-4/5 aims at the design, modelling, production and testing of novel plastics-based collectors systems. The focus is on both, low-cost pumped systems and high-quality non-pumped integrated storage systems.

Ten scientific partners (Kunstuniversität Linz, Universität Innsbruck, AEE – Institut für Nachhaltige Technologien, WIFO et al.) and nineteen companies (Borealis, Greiner, AGRU Kunststofftechnik, GREENoneTEC Solarindustrie, Sunlumo Technology et al.) are cooperating in the SolPol research plattform since 2010. They all bank on the potential that lies in the cross-linking of solar and polymer technologies – Two industry sectors in which Austria traditionally shines with competence. The project with a budget of 14 Mio. Euro is funded by Climate and Energy Fund of the Austrian Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft (FFG).

The goals are ambitious: Functionality, durability and weight of solar components are expected to be improved by polymer materials which are used in solar thermal and photovoltaic applications. At the same time, it is aimed for reduction of costs and global implementation oft the products.