The solar industry is booming. A fact which is also benefiting the German aluminium processing industry, as aluminium serves as the basis of numerous applications in the solar sector. Façade constructions, substructures for solar modules, entire component systems applied to the shell of the building or advanced solar applications made from rolled aluminium – these are just a few of the numerous areas of application which the lightweight material has conquered.
Roughly 45,000 tonnes of aluminium products are currently being used in solar technology in Germany each year – and demand is steadily rising. Many aluminium companies have responded very quickly to the growing market for solar technology. The Swedish company Sapa, the world market leader in the field of extruded aluminium profiles, is offering processed aluminium profile components and a brand new modular solar frame system. This permits customers to achieve potential cost savings of up to 15 percent through the intelligent integration of a wide variety of functions – both for thin-film and crystalline modules.