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06/02/2013 | News, Newsletter February 2013
Large Scale Aluminium Solar Field approved for Løgumkloster District Heating, DK
EUDP (Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Programme) under the Danish Energy Agency has approved a project that will help establish aluminium as a material of choice for thermal solar installations, including large area collectors for district heating.


Phase 1 of 14 000 m² will comprise conventional copper tubes on aluminium sheet absorbers as well as aluminium tube on aluminium sheet and an MPE (Multi Port Extruded) tube absorber that forms tube and sheet in one.

The objective of the project is to provide a direct comparison between the different types of absorbers and to analyse the performance of the MPE design absorber. In addition the project shall prove the durability of an aluminium tube on aluminium sheet absorber that will lead to substantial cost savings in comparison to using copper tubes.

The project is pending local approvals but it is scheduled to be carried out during second half of 2013 and to be completed early 2014.

Aluminium has for many years been the material of choice for heat exchange applications within the automotive industry (radiators, air conditioning, charge air cooling, oil cooling) and since the early 2000 years also within stationary applications for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. This development is driven by increasing copper prices.

Source: Hydro Aluminium, DK

 

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