Hydro’s Aluminum Extruded Frames Selected For FPL Hybrid Solar Facility

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Hydro's Extrusion Americas unit has signed an agreement with Florida Power & Light (FPL) to supply custom aluminum extrusions for the first hybrid solar-fossil fuel energy generating facility in the world.

When it comes online in early 2010, the Martin Next Generation Solar Energy Center will produce 75 MW. The solar energy generation system will connect to FPL's existing combined-cycle power plant.

This Indiantown, Fla., facility will employ concentrated solar power technology to produce electricity. Hydro will produce the frames, supports, legs and connectors that will raise the 180,000 curved mirrors off the ground and allow them to track the sun throughout the day.

Manufacturing plants in St. Augustine, Fla., and Belton, S.C., will supply the parts, provide fabricating and coordinate just-in-time deliveries for the frames used in the 500-acre collecting field.

SOURCE: Hydro Extrusion Americas

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