Dow Captures Solar Power with Fluid Technology

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MIDLAND, Mich., June 4 /PRNewswire/ – The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) is shedding light on Concentrating Solar Power systems (CSP) with DOWTHERM(TM) A heat transfer fluids which collect, transport and store solar-generated heat.

CSP technology uses mirrors to reflect and concentrate sunlight onto receivers that collect solar energy and convert it to heat. DOWTHERM(TM) A heat transfer fluids collect the heat energy and transport it to a power generating station. The transported heat converts water to steam, which in turn drives turbines to make electricity.

“We are committed to harnessing the vast potential of the sun to continue setting the standard for sustainability,” said Neil Hawkins, Dow’s vice president of sustainability. “In addition to innovations in sustainable chemistry that result in products like DOWTHERM(TM) A, we’ve also made significant advancements in photovoltaic technology through the development of a game-changing residential solar shingle by the Dow Solar Solutions business. Our 2015 sustainability goals are driving innovation that is good for business and good for the world.”

Dow has supplied, or is in the process of supplying, enough DOWTHERM(TM) A globally to generate more than 500 megawatts of electricity from the sun – positioning its Performance Fluids Business as the leading supplier of heat transfer fluids in the world for parabolic trough based solar systems. Solar power producers in the United States, Middle East, Spain, Australia, India and other locations are tapping into Dow’s technology and world-scale production and supply capabilities.

Recent projects in Spain will be using more than 5,000 metric tons of DOWTHERM(TM) A heat transfer fluids that will eventually generate enough electricity for about 120,000 households. These plants will also prevent the release of about 350,000 tons of carbon dioxide that would have otherwise been released into the atmosphere had traditional fuels been used.

Dow has demonstrated its commitment and leadership in energy efficiency all around the world. Over the last 14 years, Dow’s efforts to conserve power globally have resulted in saving more than 1,600 trillion BTUs of energy and prevented the release of about 86 million metric tons of carbon dioxide.

About Dow

With sales of $58 billion in 2008 and 46,000 employees worldwide, Dow is a diversified chemical company that combines the power of science and technology with the “Human Element” to constantly improve what is essential to human progress. The Company delivers a broad range of products and services to customers in around 160 countries, connecting chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help provide everything from fresh water, food and pharmaceuticals to paints, packaging and personal care products. On April 1, 2009, Dow acquired Rohm and Haas Company, a global specialty materials company with sales of $10 billion in 2008 and 15,000 employees worldwide. References to “Dow” or the “Company” mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at www.dow.com

Source: The Dow Chemical Company

CONTACT: Harold Nicoll, APR, Communications Leader, The Dow Chemical
Company, +1-989-636-5162, hgnicoll@dow.com

Web Site: http://www.dow.com/

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