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Uber-Thin Modular Solar Panels Energize Any Building

Posted By Diane Pham On November 16, 2009 @ 10:00 am In Renewable Energy,Solar Power,Sustainable Building | No Comments

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The recent evolution of solar technology [1] has been nothing short of amazing, and we are continuously impressed by all the products hitting the market that make it easier to integrate clean tech into our daily lives. One innovative company at the forefront of the solar energy bustle is Sulfurcell [2], the producer of a new kind of modular solar panel [3] that add energy-generating capabilities to any building. The super-thin panels are entirely self contained, so they don’t require any substructure, and they can be applied to new buildings as well as retrofitted old buildings to provide a sleek look and plenty of power.

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Each Sulfurcell [2] panel is composed of a protective frameless glass exterior layered over an enclosed solar module that is able to withstand mother nature’s most unforgiving trials. A single hair-thin semiconductor layer is coated on the back of the hardened glass surface, and each module features 82 strips of thin-film solar cells coated on the back and integrated wiring cable inside. In order to keep the solar panels cool and maximum efficiency, the panels are rear-ventilated and have recessed drainage channels which direct rainwater around each cassette.

Sulfurcell utilizes copper-indium-sulfide semiconductors, which enable them to produce cells hundreds of times thinner than conventional photovoltaics, which in turn reduces the manufacturing costs. Production is said to use only half the energy used to manufacture conventional solar modules. Sulfurcell has been a pioneer in the photovoltaic industry since 2003, and the company has been named by The Guardian as one of the world’s top 100 cleantech companies [4] for two years running.

+ Sulfurcell [2]

Via Clean Technia [5]


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[1] solar technology: http://www.inhabitat.com/solar-power/

[2] Sulfurcell: http://www.sulfurcell.de/

[3] modular solar panel: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/10/06/sole-power-tiles-curved-solar-shingles-make-installation-easy/

[4] top 100 cleantech companies: http://www.guardian.co.uk/globalcleantech100/profiles-81-90

[5] Clean Technia: http://cleantechnica.com/2009/11/11/sulfurcell-creates-solar-cladding-for-modular-building-systems/

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