Two rows of green glass photobioreactors

Green Tech

As green technology advances and becomes increasingly important for the future of our planet, SCHOTT is developing and delivering products that make significant contributions to creating sustainable methods of energy generation.

Photobioreactors

The use of high-quality glass tubing such as DURAN® has significant advantages in photobioreactor tubes. High UV-stability means light transmission remains almost constant, even when exposed to solar and UV radiation, and it’s also chemically stable, making cleaning and disinfection easier. In addition, DURAN® is resistant to salt – an important consideration when cultivating saltwater algae.

Disinfection

SCHOTT’s versatile range of glass tubing is widely used in the sterilization of air, water and a variety of surfaces, with a high resistance to solarization contributing to its efficiency in the area of germicidal lamp processing. UV curing of adhesives, paints and inks also benefits from our lamp technology, while our ultra-reliable Solidur® LEDs are ideal for UV water and surface sterilization.

Water Treatment

SCHOTT’s role in producing high quality glass tubing for photobioreactors is crucial for chemical-free waste water treatment. Our DURAN® range of borosilicate glass has the high chemical resistance and all-round durability that makes it ideal for the task. DURAN® also allows optimum and sustainable light input for the highest growth rates of microalgae, facilitating one of the most sustainable methods of water treatment.

Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs) can convert gas into electricity and heat with combined efficiency levels above 90%. Hermetic sealing of the individual stacks using glass or glass-ceramics is a prerequisite for ensuring this level of efficiency in long-term operation, with operating temperatures up to 1000°C and aggressive conditions presenting significant challenges. However, thanks to the superior high-temperature properties of SCHOTT sealing glasses, we have been the partner of choice for the world's leading SOFC developers.

Autonomous Street Lighting

SCHOTT’s versatile and widely trusted DURAN® borosilicate glass is a highly effective glass for covering photovoltaic modules in autonomous solar street lighting. Durable even in harsh conditions, with a high thermal shock resistance, DURAN® can be produced in a wide range of dimensions with anti-reflective coatings, and offers outstanding light transmission.

Solar Power Plant

SCHOTT has been active in a number of areas of solar technology, such as Concentrated Solar Power (CSP), for a number of years, providing glass technology and expertise for major solar power projects around the world. We continue to play a central role in advancing this increasingly important area, and products such as SCHOTT 8800R and DURAN® are widely used in a number of major global solar energy projects.