Dow’s Proven CSP Solutions Supporting Regional Renewable Energy Growth Showcased at MENASOL 2016Dubai, 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.
About Dow in the Middle East
Dow has a longstanding relationship with the Middle East beginning with the establishment of manufacturing and commercial facilities in the United Arab Emirates more than 35 years ago. Since then, Dow has established a solid presence in the Middle East petrochemicals industry, partnering with leading regional companies to set up state-of-the-art petrochemical complexes across the region. For 18 years, Dow and Petrochemical Industries Company K.S.C. (PIC) of Kuwait have shared one successful milestone after another, partnering on six industry-leading joint ventures. Saudi Aramco and Dow have formed a joint venture. Sadara, to build, own and operate a world-scale integrated chemicals complex in the Eastern Province of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. From the entrepreneurship initiatives of LoYac in Kuwait to the new Dow Middle East and Africa R&D Center at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia, Dow actively supports the social and economic aspirations of the communities where it operates. For more information about Dow in the Middle East, please visit: www.dowmiddleeast.com
Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company is driving innovations that extract value from material, polymer, chemical and biological science to help address many of the world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, clean energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's integrated, market-driven, 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 180 countries and in high-growth sectors such as packaging, electronics, water, coatings and agriculture. In 2015, Dow had annual sales of nearly $49 billion and employed approximately 49,500 people worldwide. The Company's more than 6,000 product families are manufactured at 179 sites in 35 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.
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