Tremco Awarded Ohio Third Frontier $1 Million Grant

Friday, December 19, 2008 General News
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BEACHWOOD, Ohio, Dec. 18 Tremco Incorporated has beenawarded a $1 million Third Frontier Advanced Energy Program (TFAEP) grant fromthe State of Ohio in the Advanced Materials category.

Tremco and its project collaborators, in particular Xunlight of Toledo,Ohio, propose to leverage Ohio's outstanding building materials andphotovoltaic (PV) research and development capacity to commercialize a unique,durable, high-performance -- but removable -- building-integrated photovoltaic(BIPV) roofing solution targeting the grid-tied commercial marketplace, inwhich businesses are able to sell excess electricity back to the utility. Theproject team will integrate thin-film, flexible PV modules into Tremco'sinnovative roofing systems.

The proposed product is in the Incubating (development) Phase of the ThirdFrontier Technology Commercialization Framework. Building on its experienceand knowledge in photovoltaic systems, combined with the expertise of itspartners and the support of the TFAEP grant, Tremco's innovative BIPV systemwill be a significant advancement over existing systems. The company expectsto develop new processes and technologies which will help the system advancethe cause of "green" construction, and have a positive impact both on Ohio'seconomy and on energy costs for those using the BIPV system.

The project is closely aligned with Ohio's interests in advanced materialsand advanced energy systems. Ohio is also positioned well to support theproject, with its financial commitment to solar power, network of researchuniversities, integrated supply chain and experienced workforce. The Alliance(Ohio) City Schools will serve as an initial customer for the new roofingsystem.

The project promises further research in the area of "cradle-to-cradle"roofing systems. In a cradle-to-cradle relationship, the roof is leased tothe building owner; at the end of its useful life, it is removed and recycledinto a new roof. Cradle-to-cradle systems are growing in popularity as rawmaterial prices continue to rise and America becomes increasingly aware ofenvironmental concerns.

About Tremco Incorporated

Headquartered in Beachwood, Ohio, Tremco Incorporated is a $1.2 billioncommercial building envelope materials and service provider. Tremco'sproducts and services are sold in more than 150 countries and territories.Tremco is a major industrial component of RPM International, located inMedina, Ohio. RPM International has annual revenues exceeding $3.3 billion,employs more than 9,400 people worldwide and operates 94 manufacturingfacilities in 16 countries.

Within Tremco Incorporated, the Roofing and Building Maintenance Divisionhelps manage building life cycles while providing roofing and weatherproofingpeace of mind to customers in education, healthcare, government, manufacturingand many other industries. The Roofing Division has the experience, marketingchannels and sales force to successfully commercialize the BIPV roof. Havingenjoyed great success commercializing its vegetative roofing systems (acomplementary, innovative roofing system), they can apply the lessons learnedin that effort to the roll-out of BIPV roofing. In business since 1928,Tremco's Roofing Division and its subsidiary Weatherproofing Technologies Inc.are ISO 9001:2000 certified. To learn more, visit us at www.tremcoroofing.comor call toll-free at 800/562-2728.

About the Third Frontier Advanced Energy Program (TFAEP)

The program awards grants to accelerate the development and growth of theadvanced energy industry in Ohio by direct financial support to organizationsseeking to commercialize new products, manufacturing processes ortechnologies, or to adapt or modify existing components or systems that canreduce the cost of advanced energy systems or address technical andcommercialization barriers.

SOURCE Tremco Incorporated

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