Aluminum a Key Material for Renewable Energy
Leading the Way on Solar
As the world moves toward an increasingly renewable future, aluminum is helping to lead the way. According to a 2020 study by the World Bank, aluminum is the single most widely used material in solar photovoltaic (PV) applications. In fact, the metal acs for more than 85% of most solar PV components – frames to panels.
Aluminum extrusions are incredibly versatile, making them a perfect option for solar panel frames. The metal can even improve solar cells themselves. Using embedded aluminum studs can significantly increase solar panel efficiency thanks to the material’s unique reflectivity properties.
A Range of Possibilities
Aluminum is also a critical component in other low carbon technologies including wind, energy storage and hydroelectricity. The metal is used widely in both on-shore and off-shore wind projects, including tower platform components and turbines. And aluminum-ion batteries have the potential to revolutionize energy storage systems. According to the World Bank’s analysis, a robust effort to combat climate change could more than double demand for aluminum by 2050 compared to the base case scenario.
Build Green With Aluminum
Lightweight, strong, durable, corrosion resistant and infinitely recyclable, aluminum builds a more sustainable structure. And with a 70+ year life span for some building products, it's a material that will serve generations to come.
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