Dow’s Proven CSP Solutions Supporting Regional Renewable Energy Growth Showcased at MENASOL 2016

Dubai, United Arab Emirates - May 18, 2016 - The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) has announced its participation in and sponsorship of the 8th Middle East & North Africa Solar Conference and Expo (MENASOL) in Dubai from May 25-26, 2016. Dow will highlight its industry-leading DOWTHERM™ A heat transfer fluid which enables the capture of solar thermal energy in concentrated solar power (CSP) plants.

Worldwide, DOWTHERM™ A is the heat transfer fluid of choice for 45 CSP plants which reinforces Dow’s position as a leading provider of CSP solutions. Combined, these plants can provide enough electrical generation capacity to meet the needs of more than one million homes, equal to a saving of approximately five million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year. Earlier this year, major plants in Morocco and South Africa supplied by Dow came online, increasing the number of plants using DOWTHERM A fluid to 45 and securing Dow’s position as a key provider in Africa.

“We have a great story to tell about how Dow can help solve the most pressing needs related to renewable energy,” said Marta Gomez, Dow market segment manager. “The strong reputation Dow has gained in sustainability combined with our existing success in delivering DOWTHERM™ A heat transfer fluid has opened doors for us to support the rapid growth of the region’s CSP market.”

Mohamed Belkheir, Dow fluids technical specialist, will present a technical paper at MENASOL 2016 on the importance of selecting a high quality heat transfer fluid for operation in a CSP plant. The discussion will cover the basics of degradation and undesired consequences as well as provide an overview of the existing design of ullage system and limitations that it presents. Dow’s technical support and services team has helped make Dow an industry leader in supplying heat transfer fluids for CSP around the world.

For more than 80 years, DOWTHERM™ A Fluid has proven to be the most thermally stable synthetic organic fluid under the sun, capable of withstanding temperatures as high as 400°C (750°F) to collect, transport and store heat in CSP systems, while operating in either liquid or vapor phase. The extreme temperature capabilities of DOWTHERM A enable this versatile, high purity fluid to operate for several years with excellent and consistent thermal stability, as well as improved overall fluid life. Moreover, the low viscosity of the fluid throughout its operating temperature ensures strong system efficiency and pumpability.

Dow will showcase these solutions at Stand 6 at the MENASOL 2016 conference at the Hyatt Regency Dubai from May 25-26, 2016.

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.

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