Munich, 19 June 2013 – Linde Gases, a division of The Linde Group, today announced the launch of S-COAT®, a highly innovative and cost effective anti-reflection (AR) coating technology which significantly increases light transmission values and resultant energy yields of solar modules.
Together with LiSEC, an Austrian based global company specialising in glass processing lines, Linde Gases Division has developed the new anti-reflection solar glass coating technology to deliver light transmission gains of around 3 percent on average – and up to 3.5 percent in peak conditions – as compared to identical glass substrates without such a coating.
The innovative, patented S-COAT® coating process comprises applying a specially developed water-based chemical mixture onto the glass surface using an inert gas spraying technology, and results in a glass surface finish of controlled porosity, maximising light transmission.
“Solar module manufacturers are under pressure to optimise costs,” said Ulrich Hanke, Global Manager Marketing and Business Development, Metals and Glass, Linde Gases Division. “S-COAT® is a highly economical solution for effectively improving energy yields as it provides significant advantages from both a capital and operating expenditure viewpoint, as compared to competing technologies.”
S-COAT® can be installed into existing glass processing lines and operates at speeds up to 15 metres per minute, meaning no loss to productivity. “This important development means that customers can not only benefit from the best anti-reflective coating solution, but can do so at low cost and without disrupting manufacturing,” continued Hanke.
In addition to that S-COAT® has the benefit of proven durability. After the coating is applied, the glass sheets are tempered to create a highly damage and wear resistant finish for the solar module.
“S-COAT® has been designed with the highest quality standards in mind, said Johann Weixlberger, Project Manager, LiSEC. “Our machinery not only ensures a fast and reliable production process, but results in a highly effective AR-coating as well as gentle and contactless glass handling.”
In recognition of Linde’s dedication to sustainability performance, in September 2012 the Group was added to the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI World). Analysts at the Sustainable Asset Management Group (SAM) recognised in particular the Group’s activities in the areas of climate change, environmental management systems and risk and crisis management.*
*The internationally renowned share index for sustainability performance selects the top 10 percent among the 2,500 largest companies listed on the Dow Jones Global Index. The companies represent 58 different industry sectors and are ranked by SAM analysts according to various environmental, economic and social criteria.
About The Linde Group
The Linde Group is a world-leading gases and engineering company with around 62,000 employees in more than 100 countries worldwide. In the 2012 financial year, Linde generated revenue of EUR 15.280 bn. The strategy of the Group is geared towards long-term profitable growth and focuses on the expansion of its international business with forward-looking products and services. Linde acts responsibly towards its shareholders, business partners, employees, society and the environment – in every one of its business areas, regions and locations across the globe. The company is committed to technologies and products that unite the goals of customer value and sustainable development.
For more information, see The Linde Group online at www.linde.com
Based in Hausmening/Austria, LiSEC is a global group with more than 50 years of experience, offering innovative single and all-in-one solutions in the field of flat glass processing and finishing. Their portfolio includes machinery, automation solutions and services. In the past year the Group, with around 1700 employees in 40 locations and an export rate of more than 90 percent, generated a total turnover of 220 million Euro. LiSEC develops and manufactures glass cutting and sorting systems, single components and production lines for insulating and laminated glass production, glass edge processing machinery and tempering systems. With reliable technologies and intelligent automation solutions, LiSEC sets standards in quality and engineering, and significantly contributes to its customers' success.
For more information, see LiSEC online at www.lisec.com
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Linde Gases Division