Dow Heat Transfer Fluids Shows Leadership in Concentrated Solar Power

Dow to Attend CSP Today Sevilla 2012

Midland, MI - November 12, 2012

Dow Heat Transfer Fluids has announced it will attend the 6th International Concentrated Solar Thermal Power Summit (CSP Today Sevilla 2012), November 13-14, 2012 at the Barceló Renacimiento hotel in Seville, Spain. The Company is exhibiting in booth # 8.

“Dow applies a total solution approach to serving the CSP industry,” said Carolina Barrios, Marketing Manager for Dow Heat Transfer Fluids. “Advanced fluid technology, world-scale production capacity, robust supply chain and logistics capabilities, in-depth technical support services, and fluid regeneration opportunities support our CSP customers’ success and industry growth.”

Barrios said Dow’s continual growth in the CSP industry has led to the use of DOWTHERM™ A heat transfer fluid in more than 30 large scale CSP installations globally with a total power generation capacity of more than 1.5 GW.  DOWTHERM™ A is a specialized heat transfer fluid with a more than 80-year track record in high temperature service and an ability to withstand temperatures up to 400° C. Its proven track record, stability, and low viscosity throughout its entire operating range have made DOWTHERM™ A the leading fluid for CSP projects globally.

The Company creates innovative production and logistics solutions to meet the high volume fluid requirements of CSP plants. Included are complex fluid staging and delivery systems to meet narrow installation timeframes at plants in often remote locations.

Dow’s commitment to CSP innovation includes advancements in CSP system technology. The Company’s innovative dual loop CSP design helps to improve efficiency and lower operational costs by leveraging the excellent reliability of DOWTHERM™ A and the high temperature capabilities of molten salt to produce up to 10 percent more electricity than a conventional parabolic trough CSP system with the same size solar field.

Dow also offers a diverse range of engineering support services and training programs to help operators monitor and maintain fluids, ensuring -enhanced system efficiency with reduced downtime.

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 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

Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company connects chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help address many of the world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, renewable energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's diversified industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 160 countries and in high growth sectors such as electronics, water, energy, coatings and agriculture. In 2011, Dow had annual sales of $60 billion and employed approximately 52,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 5,000 products are manufactured at 197 sites in 36 countries across the globe. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at www.dow.com.

Mary Klenk
The Dow Chemical Company
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