Solar panels are composed of an array of photovoltaic cells which harvest energy by using semiconductors, most often made out of silicon, to convert sunlight into electricity. Like in refineries and petrochemical plants, solar cell processing facilities benefit immensely from the corrosion mitigation provided by APP composite materials.

Concentrated solar power (CSP) is another method used to produce solar power. CSP systems use a combination of lenses and mirrors to focus sunlight into a narrow beam. The concentrated heat is then used to produce steam to drive conventional turbine powered generators. All of the piping between the solar collectors, steam generators and turbines, including condensate return lines, are subjected to very high temperatures. ProTek Wear Pads and ProTek Pipe Shoes can protect this hot pipe from abrasion due to thermal expansion and from corrosion under insulation at pipe supports.

Solar Projects

Client/Project Name Location Description  
MEMC Pasadena, TX CryoTek Pipe Shoes were supplied by APP for a polysilicon production plant expansion project.

MEMC produces ultra-pure granular polysilicon, silicon and monosilane for use in the solar and semiconductor industry.