SolPol - Polymeric materials in solar-thermal applications
The full potential for polymeric materials in solar-thermal applications is still to be explored. The current project SolPol 4/5 deals with the development of solar collectors based on plastic, with a focus on budget pumped solar systems as opposed to non-pumped systems. Nowadays, thermal collectors and collector systems are produced in both time- and cost-expensive processes, from a wide array of materials. Polymer-based systems weigh less and are more easily installed. They have a longer lifetime and a more attractive design. Another key feature is their lower cost. The project is managed by the Institute of Polymeric Materials and Testing at Johannes Kepler University Linz and totals a research investment of 6.6 million euros. Sunlumo is responsible for the package WP-01. Seven science partners and eleven business partners are on board. This project allows Sunlumo to contribute its expertise and further increase its technological lead.