Renewable Energy applications
The world needs new ways of generating and transmitting energy and, for as much as this is a market of growth and opportunity, it is a market of immediate, urgent necessity.
Luvata is commited to doing all it can to help its partners in this sector make tomorrow brighter and cleaner than today.
- Over 40% of the energy used in most cities is used to heat or cool buildings and yet most buildings ignore the 1kW of solar energy that falls on every square metre of their roofs. Is that acceptable? No.
- Over half of the energy in every barrel of oil is used to extract and distribute the energy from the other half. Is that acceptable? No.
- While the wind is blowing and the sun is shining and the tides are moving, much of the fossil fuels we are burning is being wasted. Is this acceptable? No.
Enabling Wind Power to be a real choice
At the moment wind produces about 1 % of worldwide electricity use. The growth rate of wind power will be enormous in the coming years.
The world’s biggest wind turbine manufacturers rely on generators from companies such as ABB. ABB is a leader in power and automation technologies. With about 115 000 people operating in around 100 countries ABB has a leading global share in this market.
ABB only works in cooperation with world-class suppliers and their chosen partner for many years has been Luvata. The high purity and excellent electrical conductivity of Luvata’s oxygen-free copper makes the most of wind-generated energy in a variety of applications within the generator.
This same tecnology and Luvata's experience in generator production can also be applied to tidal power generators.
Luvata products for wind energy
Sunwire® for photovoltaics
Photovoltaic technology harnesses the energy from the sun by transforming sunlight into electricity.
Luvata is a pioneer in photovoltaic energy. Our Sunwire photovoltaic ribbon was developed in conjunction with module manufacturers and it's invention made the automated production of affordable solar panels a reality. Since then, technology has moved on and continuous development has allowed us to turn emerging technology into practical solutions for the world.
Sunwire is a copper-based, tin-alloy plated flat ribbon, which is used to create high-performance connections to the silicon cells at the heart of photovoltaic modules. Sunwire is compatible with both silicon and thin film technologies.
Luvata products for Solar energy
Fusion energy - the sustainable solution
Fossil fuels were the energy source that helped shape 19th and 20th century civilization. Burning coal, oil and gas however, has proved highly damaging to our environment. As concerns grow over climate change and declining supplies of fossil fuels, fusion energy has the potential to provide a sustainable solution for our global energy needs.
Fusion is the process at the core of our Sun. What we see as light and feel as warmth is the result of a fusion reaction.
ITER - The world largest experimental nuclear fusion reactor
The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) is a large-scale scientific experiment intended to prove the viability of fusion as an energy source.
Based on the 'tokamak' concept of magnetic confinement, the plasma - a hot, electrically charged gas - is contained in a doughnut-shaped vacuum vessel. Strong magnetic fields are used to keep the plasma away from the walls; these are produced by superconducting coils surrounding the vessel and by an electrical current driven through the plasma. These superconducting coils use superconductors that have zero resistivity when cooled below the critical temperature.
Harnessing the energy produced by fusion could be the answer to our global energy concerns and what helps to shape our 21st century.
Luvata products for Fusion energy