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Using Engineered Ceramics to Harness Cutting Edge Renewable Energy Technology

Solar / Photovoltaic • Fuel Cells Alternative Fuels Wind Power

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Solar / PhotoVoltaic

CoorsTek is helping lead the solar industry both in manufacturing and in the field.

Manufacturing

CoorsTek produces recrystallized silicon carbide systems for solar wafer manufacturing, optimizing entire horizontal furnace systems. Our systems are compatible with fully automated wafer loading and transferring processes, saving you both time and money.

 

Manufactured from high-strength siliconized silicon carbide to increase dimensional stability and accuracy, these long-life components lower downtime and increase product throughput.

Custom components for solar photovoltaic (PV) cell processing include:

  • Crucibles
  • Paddles
  • Wafer boats
  • Liner tubes
  • Baffles
  • Thermocouple sheaths
Square crucible component made with CoorsTek technical ceramics for photovoltaic applications.

Semiconductor Process Tube 

Schematic of a semiconductor process tube used in renewable energy applications.

Field Applications

CoorsTek manufactures ceramic solar pads as stiff, heat resistant connectors from solar panel mirrors to the metal fixtures. These engineered ceramic pads provide Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) systems with the pinpoint accuracy needed even under high-temperature environment.

Fuel Cells

CoorsTek Solid Oxide Cells are used both in electrical and synthetic fuel production. Learn More

 

Alternative Fuels

CoorsTek is doing research in utilizing synthetic fuel formulated using active ceramic membranes. Learn More

Ceramic fuel cell stack made with CoorsTek zirconia material.

Wind power

CoorsTek ultra-precise Cerbec® Bearing Balls are ideal for use in wind turbines, available in up to 50 mm diameters. The inherent dielectric properties of silicon nitride (Si3N4) provide electrical insulation in generator bearings — eliminating stray current damage and premature failure. Their unique design, composition, and finish allow each wind turbine to be more energy and cost efficient. These benefits include: 

  • Electrical insulation - eliminate stray current damage & premature failure
  • Reduced friction- less lubrication, wear, and increased efficiency
  • Lighter weight- reduced starting and operating torque
  • Tight tolerance- increased life and decreased maintenance

 

Learn More About Cerbec® Bearing Balls

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