PPG introduces SOLARPHIRE AR new glass for the solar market

Date: 30 April 2009
Source: PPG Industries
PPG Industries has introduced Solarphire AR (anti-reflective) glass, a new product engineered to maximize solar energy transmission to solar-collecting photovoltaic cells.

Solarphire AR glass and Solarphire PV glass are the two latest ultra‐clear, low‐iron roducts from PPG designed to make the conversion of solar light into power more efficient and affordable.

Solarphire AR glass is formulated with a proprietary anti-reflective coating that facilitates the efficient conversion of solar light into energy. In 3.2-millimeter thicknesses, Solarphire AR glass yields a solar-weighted transmittance of more than 93 percent, making it one of the industry’s most transmissive glass products.

Solarphire AR glass continues PPG’s history of innovation in the development of stacked, thin-film coatings for glass. In 1983, PPG commercialized the world’s first coated low-emissivity (low-e) glass. Over the past quarter-century, the company has continued to advance thin-film coating technology, culminating most recently in the debut of Solarban 70XL glass, the architectural industry’s first magnetron sputterering vacuum deposition (MSVD), triple-silver-coated, low-e glass.

The company’s thin-film coating capability is now being directed toward the production of solar energy.

For more information about Solarphire AR glass or to request a sample, visit www.ppgsolarphire.com or call 888-PPG-SUN1 (774-7861). About PPG Pittsburgh-based PPG is a global supplier of paints, coatings, optical products, specialty materials, chemicals, glass and fiber glass. The company has more than 140 manufacturing facilities and equity affiliates and operates in more than 60 countries. Sales in 2008 were $15.8 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com. Solarban and Solarphire are trademarks of PPG Industries.

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