Guardian showcased new solar glass products at Solar Technology Summit, Abu Dhabi

Global glass manufacturer Guardian IndustriesAuburn Hills, Mich., presented the newest additions to its line of solar glass products at the 2009 CSP, CPV and Thin Film Technology Summit MENA in Abu Dhabi, UAE, June 2-3. Guardian will demonstrate its EcoGuard Solar Boost laminated product for concentrating solar power, which provides best-in-class solar reflectivity, concentrating efficiency and durability, according to a June 3 release.

Guardian has a long-standing presence in the Middle East market that dates back almost three decades, including its role as the first company engaged in glass making in the Middle East and Northern Africa region nearly 12 years ago. Guardian has glass manufacturing plants in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Ras al Khaimah, UAE. It is continuing its support of the region with a strong commitment to float glass as well as coated glass products. Guardian operates the region’s most technologically advanced glass coater at its Ras al Khaimah facility.

“With our partners in the Middle East and Northern Africa, and the continued innovation of our coated glass products, Guardian has firmly established itself as the glass industry leader in the region,” said Scott Thomsen, CTO and VP, Guardian’s Science & Technology Center, in the release. “Our products deliver optimal performance and add value to our customers, helping them grow their businesses. Guardian is using solar products like CSP to expand our presence in the region and diversify our business offering of energy-saving and generating products.”

Guardian is the only global glass manufacturer with investments in the UAE. "Only the world's leading manufacturers have the resources to drive technology forward," said Chuck Croskey, vice president, Asia and Middle East, in the release. "Leading-edge technology only comes to markets where the global players maintain a direct presence.”

In key regions around the world, Guardian manufactures EcoGuard Float, a low-iron float glass designed to maximize solar energy transmission in a variety of applications, EcoGuard Solar Boost monolithic parabolic mirror and EcoGuard Pattern, a low-iron pattern glass designed to maximize solar energy transmission and enhance photovoltaic module performance in a variety of applications. It also manufactures advanced architectural glass called Guardian SunGuard, as well as glass for residential, electronic and interior applications.