“The RadTech Emerging Technology Committee selects award winners based on promising and novel use of ultra violet or electron beam technology in commercial applications,” said Gary Cohen, executive director of RadTech. “We are pleased to honor ReflecTech for their leadership and exciting breakthrough innovations in concentrated solar energy systems. ReflecTech’s use of UV technology as an enabling process is fast emerging as a key driver in the development of our new energy economy.”
“We greatly appreciate RadTech’s recognition of this important innovation,” said Randy Gee, SkyFuel’s chief technology officer. “The abrasion resistant hardcoat adds one more feature to ReflecTech Mirror Film, while actually boosting its reflectance. And it has been a delight to work with Red Spot and with NREL principal scientist Gary Jorgensen, made doubly rewarding with the success of the research.”
As a leader in the development and production of high performance coatings for plastics, Red Spot’s commitment to research and development and its capability to conduct extensive environmental, abrasion, mechanical and accelerated weathering tests made it an ideal partner for ReflecTech in developing the hardcoat.
“Red Spot has been thrilled to collaborate with ReflecTech and NREL on this technology, and we are especially gratified that ReflecTech has been recognized by RadTech for commercializing UV curable hardcoat technology for the solar market space,” said Patrick Peach, Red Spot’s business manager for Solar Energy Products. “This innovative hardcoat is a key component of Red Spot’s growing solar energy product portfolio.”
ReflecTech Mirror Film with the abrasion-resistant hardcoat will be commercially available later this year and will initially be deployed on the SkyTrough, SkyFuel’s advanced, high-performance, parabolic trough solar thermal collector.