Gallery: Solar Ivy Building-Integrated Modular Photovoltaic System Grow...

 
To set up a Solar Ivy system, first the building interface is attached and a steel wire mesh is installed.

Solar Ivy is a modular and customizable photovoltaic product with a wide range of applications. The “leaf” is roughly the size of a cantaloupe with a thin-film photovoltaic panel adhered to it. Customers can choose either an organic photovoltaic panel, which is completely recyclable, contains no toxic materials, and costs about $18 per watt, or a CIGS panel, which is the most efficient type of thin-film on the market and costs roughly $9 per watt. After selecting a PV type, customers can choose the leaf’s color shape depending on how they want the system to look when integrated into their project.

SMIT works with their customers to customize the installation and optimize the solar energy generated depending on the requirements and environmental conditions of the project. To set up a Solar Ivy system, first the building interface is attached and a steel wire mesh is installed. The steel mesh can bend, curve or stretch to match any contour, and the leaves can be positioned for varying densities depending on window placement and exterior shading. Individual leaves can be replaced as technology improves or if one becomes damaged. The system provides renewable energy for the building using the sun and breezes while also serving as a shade screen that minimizes solar heat gain.

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  1. lanians May 31, 2013 at 6:30 am

    Hi i am an architect and I have a project in Moscow where i would like to use solar ivy, please let me know if this product is commercially available and if i can use it.

    Tx a lot Chris Aslanyan

  2. lazyreader July 1, 2011 at 8:20 am

    I looked at all the pictures above. They look more like thousands of tiny little fly swatters and why cover the pretty townhouse with thousands of sticky notes. Maybe they serve as reminder that grid electricity is cheaper than solar or the fact it does help to hide the uglier buildings.

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