Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Imagine Solar Panels That Blend-in So Much That They Become 'Invisible'

You know, most of the time technology seems to stand out, instead of blend-in with its surroundings, so it is a rare occasion when some type of technology blends in so well with the surroundings that you would not even notice it if you were not consciously aware of it.
However, blending-in, in a very unique way, seems to be what it is all about for the Solé Power Tile™ System, developed by SRS Energy in the USA.We've all seen the usual solar panels, mounted on top of the house roof, usually taking up only some of the roof space. It's usually hard to miss, because these panels stand out from the rest of the roof. Now imagine this - what if you could have solar panels, still mounted on your home's roof, but completely invisible to the naked eye. And therein lies the trick - instead of being invisible, SRS Energy have designed and transformed the panels into the shape of normal roof tiles. So, when you look up at your roof, you'll never know the difference.
What a truly novel idea, in my opinion. Technology that blends in and becomes basically invisible. The Solé Power Tile™ system is the first of a kind building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) roofing system designed for curved roofs.
This is a great example of how homeowners can make a positive difference by converting to green energy, without having to compromise the aesthetic appeal of their homes. According to the company, this system will be able to generate clean solar energy for decades.
The system blends in with several styles of clay tiles found in the US, which make it easy to integrate into an existing roof.
The Solé Power Tile™ System uses cutting-edge, thin film solar technology - very popular for its ability to convert a greater range of light, which incidentally includes the light range at dusk and dawn.
With the company's first installation, an area of approximately 300 square feet was installed, which should generate approximately 2,400 kilowatt hours of electricity per year.

1 comment:

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