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17.12.2014, Mainz

SCHOTT Solar CSP defends its Know-how and Intellectual Property

SCHOTT Solar CSP GmbH filed lawsuit against Chinese Weihai Golden Sun Co., Ltd (Huiyin) and US SkyFuel, Inc. for infringement of one of its patents regarding the design of solar receivers.
Mainz, Germany, December 16, 2014 – SCHOTT Solar CSP GmbH filed a lawsuit in the Denver, CO Federal District Court against Chinese Weihai Golden Sun Co., Ltd (Huiyin) and US SkyFuel, Inc. for infringement of one of its patents regarding the design of solar receivers. The defendants are alleged to have imported and installed infringing products manufactured by Huiyin in a concentrated solar power plant located in the US.

SCHOTT Solar CSP is an affiliate of the international technology group SCHOTT and has achieved technological and market leadership thanks to a strong innovation roadmap for solar receivers. These receivers are the heart of concentrated solar power (CSP) plants using parabolic trough or linear Fresnel technology. The respective patent No. 7,013,887 refers to the design of the receiver ends. SCHOTT has designed the ends to maximize the active surface area and thus convert more sunlight into heat and electricity, making the receivers even more efficient. “We have our Intellectual Property (IP) protected in strategic countries worldwide and are not willing to forfeit any rights associated with this status. If our IP is infringed upon, we have the responsibility to pursue this – wherever, whenever and against whomever”, says Dr. Patrick Markschläger, Managing Director of SCHOTT Solar CSP.

SCHOTT launched the development of its SCHOTT PTR®70 receiver back in 2002. Since then, SCHOTT Solar CSP has achieved technological and market leadership and has supplied more than 1 million receivers to CSP projects worldwide. Because of their benchmark performance, durability and reliability, CSP-plants with a cumulative capacity of more than 3.2 Gigawatts have chosen to install SCHOTT PTR®70 receivers. Just recently, the company concluded deliveries to the Noor-1 project in Morocco, as well as the Bokpoort-project in South Africa and received the prestigious “Industry Choice Award” at the CSPtoday conference in Sevilla, Spain.

SCHOTT is an international technology group with 130 years of experience in the areas of specialty glasses and materials and advanced technologies. SCHOTT ranks number one in the world with many of its products. Its core markets are the household appliance, pharmaceutical, electronics, optics, and transportation industries. The company is strongly committed to contributing to its customers’ success and making SCHOTT an important part of people’s lives with high-quality products and intelligent solutions. SCHOTT is committed to managing its business in a sustainable manner and supporting its employees, society and the environment. The SCHOTT Group maintains close proximity to its customers with manufacturing and sales units in 35 countries. Its workforce of 15,400 employees generated worldwide sales of approximately 1.84 billion euros for the 2012/2013 fiscal year. SCHOTT AG, with its headquarters in Mainz (Germany) is owned by the Carl Zeiss Foundation.
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