New innovative technologies and tightening environmental regulations drive developments in the supply chain of energy generation, storage and transport today. At every single step with 3M Dyneon Fluoropolymers.
Global energy demand increases year by year. Power plants have to constantly fulfil high expectations while meeting all legal, safety and environmental requirements.
Environmental concerns led to the introduction of flue gas desulfurisation plants. These include heat exchanger systems for cooling and re-heating flue gas below the acid dew point to additionally increase the efficiency of a power plant. Fuels containing a high amount of sulphur, like lignite, result in an extremely hostile and highly corrosive environment of humid SO2, SO3, HCl and HF, which can be managed well with fluoropolymers. Since the 1980s, PFA has been successfully used for the tubes of heat exchanger systems operating at or below dew point. PFA linings protect the construction parts of heat exchangers. The carbon steel flue gas ducts and housings need protection in this critical area for which a lining of PFA sheets is a proven solution. PTFE Electro filters are used to dedust the flue gas in a step before the heat exchangers. FKM expansion joints are installed between the metal ducts to compensate thermal expansion.
Wind power, photovoltaic, solar thermal power, geothermal power, tidal power plants and bio mass are all now recognised as essential alternatives to fossil fuels. The growth of the renewable energy sector initiated the creation of new technologies with challenging applications and requirements.
Fluoropolymer applications in the renewable energy sector: