Ritec Retrospective: Solar Panels, Cypria Maris Hotel, Cyprus

Cyprus enjoys around 330 sunny days annually so solar panels installed on hotel roofs for heating water is not an uncommon sight and the Cypria Maris in the city of Paphos is no exception.

However, the hotel’s location created problems for its solar panels. First, they faced the sea, so contaminants from the sea bonding on the panels was extremely corrosive to the surface. Secondly, the dry and dusty environment meant the panels easily got dirty. The panels were therefore performing inefficiently.

ClearShield® ‘non-stick’, easy-clean glass surface treatment was subsequently applied on-site in 1988 to the panels to protect them from the dirt and contamination. After treatment, not only were the panels operating with optimum efficiency, they became easier to clean and keep clean. The frequency of having to access the roof to clean the panels was also reduced, saving time, energy and water.

For more information about Ritec’s glass renovation and protection solutions, visit www.ritec.co.uk.

Ritec Retrospective: Virgin Atlantic Challenger II

In August 1985, British entrepreneur Richard Branson attempted to cross the Atlantic in record time in his powerboat, Virgin Atlantic Challenger. However this attempt failed and he geared up for a second attempt less than a year later. During trials, one of the major difficulties encountered by Richard and his crew on the Atlantic Challenger II was the encrustation of heavy salt deposits on the vessel’s windscreens. Valuable time and effort was wasted when they were subsequently forced to stop and scrape the glass in an attempt to improve visibility.

Before setting out his second attempt, Branson had the windscreens of the Atlantic Challenger II treated with Ritec ClearShield® ‘non-stick’, easy-clean glass surface protection to avoid the same situation re-occurring.

In June 1986, Richard Branson and his crew succeeded in crossing the Atlantic in the record-breaking time of 3 days, 8 hours and 31 minutes, shaving 2 hours off the record. The ClearShield-protected glass was a big help, resisting harsh staining build-up and optimising visibility.

For more information about Ritec’s award-winning glass surface protection solutions, visit www.ritec.co.uk.

Ritec Retrospective: Santander Offices, Mexico

Transparencia en Servicios is Ritec International’s Marketing Partner in Mexico. One of the company’s most prestigious contracts was managing the renovation, protection and maintenance of glass with the ClearShield System™ at three Banco Santander SA office buildings in Mexico, one in Sante Fe and the other two in Querétaro. Work started in 2002 and the contract covered interior and exterior glass as well as other façades, with some 51,000m² treated on-site in total. 

The award-winning Ritec ClearShield® glass surface treatment resists staining and discolouration for a pristine look. The newly upgraded ‘non-stick’ surface makes glass cleaning quicker too.

This is a great example of how The ClearShield System™ is the only complete solution for durable glass surface protection.

For more information about Ritec’s glass renovation and protection solutions, visit www.ritec.co.uk.

Ritec Retrospective: Edinburgh Airport Control Tower

Edinburgh Airport is the UK’s sixth busiest airport and its control tower was newly-built back in 2005. At the time, the lead contractor was recommended by a control tower design and build specialist to specify award-winning Ritec ClearShield® ‘non-stick’ glass surface treatment. Durable ClearShield® treatment is proven to resist dirt and moisture build-up, improving visibility for air traffic controllers as well as reduce maintenance needs.

Ritec’s On-Site Application Team subsequently carried out the application of ClearShield® on the distinctive 57m / 187ft high tower. Not only does glass protected with ClearShield® look cleaner for longer, cleaning time is reduced.

For more information about Ritec’s glass renovation and protection solutions, visit www.ritec.co.uk.

Ritec Retrospective: Al Salam Avenue Tower

The glass façade of the 26 storey Al Salam Avenue Tower in Abu Dhabi was suffering from the problem of concrete slurry run-off. This was impossible to remove from the glass using conventional methods. Ritec International’s On-Site Team was called out to carry out remedial treatment so travelled to site.

The Ritec ClearShield System™ was the ideal cure, restoring the glass back to its original ‘as-new’ appearance, using specialist renovation products. With the glass now chemically clean, award-winning ClearShield® protection was then applied as a preventative measure, providing an invisible ‘non-stick’ barrier to stop dirt from sticking to the glass in the future.

For more information about Ritec’s glass renovation and maintenance solutions, visit www.ritec.co.uk.