Solutia’s Therminol heat transfer fluids selected for polysilicon plant in China

Solutia Inc. announced that it supplied Therminol D12 and Therminol 66synthetic heat transfer fluids to a new state of the art 15,000 metricton solar grade high purity polysilicon manufacturing plant in XinyuCity, China. The facility is owned and operated by LDK Solar and cameonline in the fall of 2009.

LDK is one of the world’s largestmanufacturers of multi-crystalline solar wafers which are the main rawmaterial for photovoltaic solar cells. LDK chose Solutia due to theproven performance of Therminol 66 and D12, unparalleled expertise ofthe Therminol technical team and Solutia’s global supply chaincapabilities.

"Power generation from PV solar cells is a fastgrowing market and we are very excited that LDK has expressedconfidence in the Therminol team to provide solutions for their heattransfer needs," said Peng Yun Say, General Manager, Solutia TherminolCo. Ltd, Suzhou, located in Suzhou, China.

In photovoltaic solarmodules, sunlight is converted into direct current (DC) electricitywhich can be used locally to power equipment or batteries or deliveredto the local power grid after being converted to alternating current(AC).

Within 2009, Solutia has announced a number of significantprojects in which Therminol VP-1 will be used in concentrating solarpower plants. In these plants, Therminol heat transfer fluid is heatedin trough-shaped mirror assemblies by absorbing energy fromconcentrated sunlight. The heated Therminol is then used to generatesteam that drives power generating turbines.

"Solutia recognizesthe value of energy generation from renewable sources and is committedto serving the solar market, both in the concentrated solar powermarket and the manufacture of polysilicon used in photovoltaic solarmodules," said Richard Altice, Vice President of Commercial Services ofSolutia’s Technical Specialties division.

Solutia offers aworldwide network of product supply by manufacturing Therminol on fourcontinents and offers an unmatched worldwide network of technicallyskilled Therminol fluid specialists to provide expert service andsupport. Solutia is the world leader in synthetic heat transfer fluids,providing nearly 45 years of excellence in technical support, customerservice, performance and innovation.