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Alternative Energy


Plastics play an important role in the production of solar, wind, wave, biofuels, geothermal and hydrogen equipment components.

Environmental and Safety

Considering the total carbon footprint, including costs of raw materials, manufacture, transport, fabricate, install, maintain, plastics compare favorably with more traditional materials. Also, plastics are safer to handle and install. When you consider that most plastics are readily recyclable, they can become the most environmentally responsible and safest choice for many demanding alternative energy applications.


Applications

  • Films for solar collectors
  • Solar array pivot bearings
  • Thrust washers
  • Electrical insulators
  • Housings/shrouds
  • Rotational bearings, bushings
  • Equipment braces
  • Storage tanks
  • Pipe, valves, fittings
  • Standoff heat insulators
  • Tubing

Advantages May Include

  • Lightweight for more efficient
  • operations
  • Ease of fabrication
  • Easy to install/replace
  • Recyclable
  • Corrosion and chemical resistant
  • Abrasion resistant
  • Impact and fatigue resistant
  • Stiffness
  • Excellent bearing and wear performance
  • Low moisture absorption
  • Weatherability
  • Low creep
  • Low warpage
  • Solid color, eliminating painting

Materials

  • Acetal (POM)
  • Acrylonitrile-Butadiene-Styrene (ABS)
  • ABS/Polycarbonate
  • Long Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastics (LFRT)
  • Nylon (PA)
  • Polyamideimide (PAI)
  • Polybutylene (PBT)
  • Polycarbonate (PC)
  • Polyetheretherketone (PEEK)
  • Polyethylene (PE)
  • Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)
  • Polyphenylene Oxide (PPO)
  • Polypropylene (PP)
  • Polyurethane (PUR)

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