Risen Energy switches to steel frames on solar panels because of aluminum’s high carbon-footprint

Chinese solar panel manufacturer increased energy has released a new solar panel with an alloy steel frame instead of the traditional aluminum one. The company said this is a response to reduce aluminum’s inherent carbon footprint. By using coated alloy steel, Risen can produce modules with less energy (by avoiding the high energy consumption during aluminum production).

China recently released the plan “Working guidelines for carbon dioxide peaks and carbon neutrality in full and faithful implementation of the new development philosophy.” The directive states that China plans to increase the share of non-fossil fuels in the mix of primary energy consumption to about 25% by 2030, by which time the total installed capacity of wind and solar is expected to exceed 1,200 GW will be. the goal of carbon peak and carbon neutrality.

The carbon neutrality mandate places the responsibility on China’s solar PV sector to switch to raw materials with lower CO2 emissions and less energy consumption. Steel processing far outperforms the electrolytic aluminum equivalent in terms of carbon emission and energy consumption reduction; It takes 13,500 kWh of thermal power to produce one ton of aluminum, which is equivalent to 11.2 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) while 4,500 kWh of power and associated 1.8 tons of CO2 needed to produce one tonne of steel.

“Whatever your belief,” said Mr. Sun, president of Risen Energy Co., Ltd. “Environmental pollution and carbon dioxide emissions affect us all. It just isn’t good enough for us to proclaim that we are making an impact on reducing these elements by supplying and using solar PV modules, we need to do more. switching to this uniquely constructed module is a step in the right direction.”

Simply substituting aluminum for any type of steel is not an easy exercise. Corrosion resistance, strength and cosmetic issues all need to be considered and evaluated. The high-strength alloy steel frame looks the same as aluminum for all practical purposes, but Risen says it excels in strength, corrosion and weather resistance due to its use of corrosion-resistant zinc-aluminum-magnesium coating as well as Risen Energy’s unique surface treatment technology. After more than a year of reliability testing and design optimization efforts, Risen Energy’s fully upgraded Titan series of modules has received IEC certification from the independent testing and certification organization TÜV SÜD, demonstrating that the upgraded series fully meets the needs of different application scenarios of PV power generation systems.

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