The ASCA® film
The advantages of ASCA®
ASCA® is an innovative and virtuous material, right up to its production process. ARMOR has carefully selected each component and ensures that its production conditions are as environmentally friendly as possible.
ASCA® optimises the utilisation of available resources
ASCA® uses the third and latest generation of photovoltaic cells based on organic polymers. These cells are made from liquid solutions coated in very fine layers onto a thin film.
Sensible utilisation of raw materials is a core characteristic and an industrial philosophy applied to organic photovoltaic technology. Once designed, all ASCA® films are so thin that their unit of measurement is the nanometer. This very low quantity of resources used to produce ASCA® constitutes one of the major differences to other photovoltaic technologies.
ASCA® is free of any rare or toxic components
True to the commitments made by ARMOR regarding corporate social responsibility, every element that makes up ASCA® has been selected in accordance with strict environmental criteria.
Which criteria? Unlike other photovoltaic technologies, ARMOR has decided to produce ASCA® while ensuring that no chlorinated or fluorinated derivatives (CFCs) are used. Rare metals are also excluded from the production process. ARMOR therefore guarantees that ASCA® does not contain any toxic and/or carcinogenic substances.
The ASCA® production process is low carbon
The ASCA® production process is low carbon as it requires little energy during manufacture. This means that the ASCA® film only needs a few months to produce an equivalent amount of energy to that used during its production. ASCA® is ARMOR’s response to global CO2 emission reduction targets.
The decision to use a roll-to-roll production process provides a significant environmental benefit. The process is very low in energy consumption unlike other methods based, for example, on thermal evaporation.
ASCA® is 100% recoverable
ASCA® films can be recovered at the end of their useful life as solid recovered fuel (SRF). This principle consists of replacing fossil fuel energy with the calorific power of ASCA® films released during their combustion. This process also includes ash recovering. This recovery process is more virtuous than all other incineration processes.