Issue Date: September 1, 2008
Solutia Aids Solar Power Plant
Solutia will supply its Therminol heat-transfer fluid to a solar power plant designed by the Flagsol subsidiary of Germany's Solar Millennium. The plant is now under construction in Kuraymat, Egypt, 60 miles south of Cairo. The trough-shaped mirrors of the plant will concentrate solar energy and heat an absorber pipe containing Solutia's VP-1, a eutectic mixture of diphenyl oxide and biphenyl fluid, to 400 °C. The heated fluid will create steam to run a turbine electric generator. Supplemental natural-gas-generated steam will allow the 150-MW generator to run 24 hours a day.
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