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Solar Collectors made of Polymers

Objective

The international solar thermal market has progressed strongly over the last years. Especially in China, the USA and Europe, the manufacturing and commissioning of installations has grown rapidly. The major share of worldwide installed solar-thermal collectors consists of vacuum tube and glazed flat plate collectors. Both types are currently produced by time-consuming and cost-intensive manufacturing processes requiring different material classes. Novel polymeric materials and their implementation in solar-thermal systems are recognized as key technologies for the attainment of mid- and long-term development targets of the solar-thermal industry. Additional markets are identified for solar collectors which can be integrated in the building envelope properly. The presented proposal addresses the necessary R&D work to select and develop suitable polymer grades and collector designs to enter these markets with cost efficient and durable solutions to increase the share of renewable energies for domestic hot water and heating applications significantly on a world-wide scale. The main objectives are:
• Innovative thermo-siphon solar-thermal systems designed for polymer components and systems for polymeric flat-plate collector, which are designed for high efficiency and durability and appropriate for the integration into the building envelope.
• New polymer material grades with promising cost performance ratio and proven long-term durability for absorbers, which can be processed either by injection moulding or extrusion.
• Prototypes, which are tested and qualified with respect to durability, performance and potential for building integration.
The special requirements and conditions of solar thermal systems for polymer based collectors will be taken into account on all levels of the project. Interaction with the ongoing Task 39 of the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme facilitates synergies and a broader dissemination and exploitation of the results.

Call for proposal

FP7-ENERGY-2011-1
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Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 658 022
Administrative Contact
Maximilian Steiert (Mr.)

Participants (12)

PPI PLASTIC PRODUCTS INNOVATION GMBH & CO. KG

Participation ended

Austria
Address
Steinkogelstrasse 32
4802 Ebensee
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Thomas Lüftinger (Mr.)
AEE - INSTITUT FUR NACHHALTIGE TECHNOLOGIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 462 500
Address
Feldgasse 19
8200 Gleisdorf
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Christian Fink (Mr.)
HSR HOCHSCHULE FUR TECHNIK RAPPERSWIL
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 262 000
Address
Oberseestrasse 10
8640 Rapperswil
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Stefan Brunold (Mr.)
UNIVERSITETET I OSLO
Norway
EU contribution
€ 162 640
Address
Problemveien 5-7
0313 Oslo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Lars Bernhardsen (Mr.)
HUMBOLDT-UNIVERSITAET ZU BERLIN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 294 000
Address
Unter Den Linden 6
10117 Berlin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Renate Ubachs (Ms.)
GREENONETEC SOLARINDUSTRIE GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 95 750
Address
Energieplatz 1
9300 St Veit
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Peter Markart (Mr.)
DR AXEL MULLER
Germany
EU contribution
€ 88 800
Address
Rabenkopfstrasse 4
79102 Freiburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Axel Müller (Dr.)
UNIVERSITAT LINZ
Austria
EU contribution
€ 289 578
Address
Altenberger Strasse 69
4040 Linz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Gernot M. Wallner (Prof.)
KARL SCHNETZINGER
Austria
EU contribution
€ 83 768
Address
Kurzheim 22
8793 Gai
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Karl Schnetzinger (Mr.)
POLYTEC PLASTICS Ebensee GmbH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 206 263
Address
Steinkogelstrasse 32
4802 Ebensee
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Thomas Lüftinger (Mr.)
DS SMITH KAYSERSBERG SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 79 800
Address
Route De Lapoutroie 77
68240 Kaysersberg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Yves Klinger (Mr.)
AVENTA AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 429 750
Address
Nedre Gronlivei 16
1472 Fjellhamar
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
John Rekstad (Prof.)