Dow Showcases Support Capabilities for the Growing Concentrated Solar Power Industry

Midland, MI - May 03, 2011

Dow Polyglycols, Surfactants & Fluids, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company (Dow), and a leading supplier of performance fluids to the Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) industry will be participating in the 3rd North Africa & Middle East Solar Conference & Expo. This leading solar industry event known as MENASOL 2011 takes place May 4-5, 2011 at Mazagan Resort in Casablanca (El Jadida), Morocco.

Dow will be represented at MENASOL 2011 with a delegation of commercial and technical experts dedicated to the Middle East and North Africa geographies. These experts will share knowledge on DOWTHERM™ A heat transfer fluid from Dow for the solar industry. Dow has a proven track record with DOWTHERM™ A heat transfer fluid in demanding processing applications and its high temperature stability and resulting longevity have made it a leading choice in the CSP industry.

Dow has filled 15 large concentrated solar power plants with a total capacity of more than 750 MW.  These plants provide power for the equivalent of approximately 445,000 homes and save 1.7 million metric tons of CO2 emissions per year. 


Clint Schmidt, Strategic Marketing Manager for Concentrated Solar Power said, “We understand it is not enough to simply produce and sell heat transfer fluids.  The needs of the CSP industry are complex and require a solutions approach that begins with high performance fluids capable of operating under demanding CSP conditions, but also includes innovative logistics and access to services that help ensure fluids can be properly maintained throughout the extended life cycle typical of CSP systems.” Clint added, “We aim to bring this expertise to the North Africa market to enable the marketplace to take full advantage of the opportunity to capture power from the sun and meet the world’s growing need for more sustainable sources of energy.”

Dow offers a broad range of support services to ensure that fluid condition is monitored and maintained to help ensure maximum system efficiency with minimum maintenance and downtime.  Dow has also established strategic partnerships with specialists in fluid regeneration to provide CSP customers with services that can help them extend the life of their fluids to further reduce long-term system expense.  

Dow has demonstrated its ability to produce and deliver the vast quantities of fluid required by CSP plants in often remote global regions.  The company’s logistics capabilities include the ability to establish fluid staging and delivery systems to accommodate specific delivery schedules and narrow installation timeframes. 

How CSP Works

CSP uses parabolic mirrors to reflect and magnify heat from the sun onto a closed circulating loop containing DOWTHERM™ A heat transfer fluid.  The fluid collects the heat energy and transports it to a power station where it is used to produce steam, which drives turbines to generate electricity. 

Solar power technology like CSP offers many advantages in regions that require reliable new sources of energy.  The technology helps to diversify energy supply, is capable of producing power during periods of peak demand, and reduces dependence on fossil fuels.  When used instead of fossil fuel generation plants, CSP facilities offer improved air quality and can help many nations to address off-set goals for carbon emission produced by existing fossil fuel power plants.  Unlike photovoltaic solar power and wind energy technologies, CSP plants can operate in conjunction with cost-effective thermal storage technology to deliver energy on-demand, making CSP a highly flexible source of renewable energy.

About Dow in Africa

Dow established its first sales office in Africa more than 50 years ago. Today the company enjoys a growing commercial and manufacturing presence with 11 locations across the continent in South Africa, Egypt and Kenya. Dow's presence in Africa will continue to demonstrate the company's industry leadership, technical innovation and expertise with a commitment to sustainability to help transform the region into a key player in the global chemicals industry. Dow is focusing all its efforts towards being an active social and community member and an employer and partner of choice on the continent. Through innovative and sustainable initiatives like the Habitat for Humanity project in Egypt and Osizweni Mobile Science lab in South Africa, Dow is playing a pivotal social and development role in the region. The company is poised to increase its footprint in Africa, with plans for a presence on the ground in West Africa and additional locations in North Africa. For more information about Dow in Africa, please visit www.dow.com/africa


For Editorial Information:

Cristina Myers
The Dow Chemical Company
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