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PRESERVINGNATURAL RESOURCES

Arkema materials used in solar panels, wind turbine blades and electric batteries support society’s transition to new energies by making them cheaper to produce and more efficient. Arkema is also developing solutions to conserve water and make it available to as many people as possible.

More efficient batteries

Battery range and durability determine the growth of the market for electric vehicles... More
Battery range and durability determine the growth of the market for electric vehicles. We have developed a specific grade of Kynar® fluoropolymer (PVDF) that improves battery performance. Because it is inert to the electrolyte— the conductive substance the ions pass through — Kynar® is an excellent binder for the active particles in the cathodes and anodes that “capture” those ions. Its effectiveness makes it possible to decrease the amount of binder by two-thirds and increase by one-third the number of active particles that drive the battery’s performance.

A solar acrylic glass

Altuglas® acrylic sheet replaces tempered glass as the face sheet of... More
Altuglas® acrylic sheet replaces tempered glass as the face sheet of photovoltaic panels. Its optical properties — crystal clear transparency and UV resistance — make it especially well-suited for the solar power market. It helps focus the sun’s rays directly onto the thin silicon wafers, making the panel more efficient.

Durable
water pipes

Rilsan® Fine Powder high-performance coatings are used in place of stainless steel... More
Rilsan® Fine Powder high-performance coatings are used in place of stainless steel to protect water pipes, pumps and valves from abrasion and corrosion. Made from renewable materials, Rilsan® powder coatings use less energy and emit less carbon than metal coatings. Their long service life also lowers the costs of maintaining pipe systems.


Longer-life solar panels

Kynar® PVDF is a fluoropolymer used in protective sheets for solar back panels... More
Kynar® PVDF is a fluoropolymer used in protective sheets for solar back panels to help lengthen their life. It offers excellent protection against the elements — high temperatures, abrasive dust, moisture and UV rays — while staying white and refl ecting light to the silicon in the photovoltaic cells.

Heat transfer fluid for solar concentrators

Micro solar power plants are becoming increasingly common. Parabolic troughs focus the sun’s... More
Micro solar power plants are becoming increasingly common. Parabolic troughs focus the sun’s rays onto a tube filled with Jarysol® heat transfer fluid, which collects and stores the heat and power. This fluid has excellent thermal, chemical and environmental properties and was specifically developed and approved for solar concentrators.
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Better-filtered drinking water

Arkema has developed a new, particularly sustainable filtration material. It combines More
Arkema has developed a new, particularly sustainable filtration material. It combines Kynar® PVDF’s intrinsic ultrafiltration properties — it is capable of removing even bacteria and viruses — with hydrophilic properties. Filtration systems made with this material treat 20% more water without using any more energy and last an extra five to ten years in service.
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Protected wind turbine blades

Photocure acrylic coatings made by Sartomer, an Arkema subsidiary, are used as a surface... More
Photocure acrylic coatings made by Sartomer, an Arkema subsidiary, are used as a surface coating for wind turbine blades. Acrylic coatings harden instantly under ultraviolet light, making this new protective technology greener than green: it is solvent-free and emits zero volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Tomorrow’s turbine blades may eventually be manufactured using our new Elium® thermoplastic resin, making them recyclable.
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Protecting solar cells

Evatane®, a polyolefin hardened with Luperox® organic peroxide, is used to encapsulate... More
Evatane®, a polyolefin hardened with Luperox® organic peroxide, is used to encapsulate silicon photovoltaic solar cells and protect electrical circuits. Its high UV resistance and excellent transparency (better than 92%) make it a valued, durable, and economical material for protecting photovoltaic solar cells.

Industrial waterfree of sulfer residue

Effluents from refineries, petrochemical units and food processing plants contain... More
Effluents from refineries, petrochemical units and food processing plants contain sulfur compounds that build up in treatment plants, creating unpleasant odors. Arkema has developed a hydrogen peroxide-based process, Albone®, which eliminates this waste sulfur without generating treatment sludge or toxic byproducts. The epitome of a clean reagent, hydrogen peroxide’s only byproducts are water and oxygen.
 
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