Companies To Develop 34-Meter Solar Module On A Roofing Membrane

Posted by weijing3333 on June 29th, 2015

ISOVOLTAIC, Isosport, Renolit, Konarka AIT and Hymmen are developing a 34-meter-long flexible solar module on a roofing membrane. The companies say these modules have potential to produce more cost-effective power due to reduced production and installation costs.Flexible solar modules that combine the roofing membrane and solar module in one structural element can be handled like conventional roofing membranes. A roll-to-roll process can be used to manufacture the modules, which employ flexible solar cells.Upon completion of the joint effort, individual project members will install pilot plants enabling visual and technical monitoring of the flexible solar modules.

This partnership project is being funded by the Climate and Energy Fund and the Austrian Research Promotion Agency. ISOVOLTAIC and Isosport have developed the special films required for encapsulation of the flexible solar cells. The two flexible solar cells used were developed by Konarka and another thin-film solar manufacturer.Renolit developed the roofing membrane and other components for the product's construction. The Energy Department of the Austrian Institute of Technology is acting as consultant and is involved in measuring and characterizing the materials and modules. Hymmen Industrial Systems is providing information on the continuous production of composite materials.

Intermolecular Inc. has announced an ongoing project with Saudi Arabia-based King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) that aims to enhance copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) thin-film solar PV manufacturing technology.The Solar and Photovoltaics Engineering Research Center (SPERC) at KAUST in Thuwal, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, will collaborate with Intermolecular's High Productivity Combinatorial (HPC) platform in San Jose, Calif., on the research and development of CIGS solar cell materials and process interdependencies."The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is focusing enormous resources on developing renewable energy technologies as part of the strategy to transform its fossil-fuel-based economy in the coming decades,” says Ghassan Jabbour, director of SPERC. “KAUST is at the forefront of this effort and sees CIGS technology as extremely promising in terms of its potential to deliver the lowest-cost solar electricity in the Kingdom."

Solar power accounted for 10% of Germany's total electricity production in May - a 40% increase over last year, according to Germany Trade & Invest, which cites data from Germany's Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry.The significant jump stemmed from heightened capacity, sunny weather and the country's decision to phase out nuclear energy."Germany's decision to replace nuclear energy with other sources is proving to not only be possible, but is creating many valuable prospects for the renewables sector," notes Tobias Homann, a PV industry expert from Germany Trade & Invest.

“The continued strength of the solar market has sparked greater investment from abroad.”"Strong demand - partnered with a highly skilled workforce, intensive R&D and a political framework supportive of renewables - make Germany an obvious point of investment," adds Dr. Yossi Kofman, co-founder and CEO of bSolar, an Israel-based solar PV cell company.
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