Polymeric Materials for Solar Thermal ApplicationsTechnology Position Paper
June 2015 - PDF 0.28MB
This position paper describes the current state of the art for polymeric materials in solar thermal applications, shows the potential of polymers in solar thermal applications, and encourages further R&D activities. The major advantages of using polymeric materials in solar thermal systems are economical aspects, especially when taking into account the increasing solar thermal market and increasing raw material prices for metals. Although the cost of materials per mass unit might often be put forward as a major advantage of polymers relative to metals in conventional collectors, the entire picture is more complex. Many successful applications of polymeric materials in solar thermal systems that perform equally well or better in terms of conventional energy savings, reduction of materials, as well as production, transport, installation and/or end-user costs have been demonstrated.