We’re here in San Fransisco at Intersolar 2009 dedicated to show yousome products that we found interesting on the trade show floor. Let’stake a look at these innovative products that improving performance,installation and aesthetics.
Schuco Ballasted Flat Roof Solar Panel Mounting:
Installingsolar panels on top of a flat commercial roof can be a challenge to notcompromise the integrity of the roof since most installations requireroof penetrations. Schuco displayed their ballasted solution that holdsdown solar panels on a flat commercial rooftops with nothing but asimple brick as a weight.
Ballastedsystems are great for building owners who have warranties on theirroofs but who do not want to void their warranties when installingsolar panels. Ballasted mounting solutions typically cost more per wattand add more weight to the roof compared standard racking systems.
Canadian Solar panel with Clear Backsheet
CanadianSolar Incorporated is showing off a solar panel with a clear backsheet. The advantage of using a solar panel with a clear back sheet islight can still penetrate through the solar panel which makes this typeof solar panel ideal for applications in which solar panels provideshade, for example a parking structure or canopy. The clear back sheetis on this monocrystalline solar panel is purely an aesthetic feature.
Kaco Solar Inverters with iPhone App?
KacoSolar has rebranded to Kaco New Energy and has made recent improvementsto their residential grid tie product line. I saw a display at theirbooth about an iPhone application that can interface with your Kacogrid tie inverter and display the inverter statistics right on youriPhone. It seems like more grid tie inverter companies are starting tobring inverter data to your mobile phone, which is a trend I expect tosee adopted by other grid tie inverter manufacturers
S-5! expands product line for metal roof attachments
S-5!is a company that focuses on developing attachments for metal roofs,they started with standing seam metal roofs. They have recently createda new attachment product to work on metal roofs with a wavy design.
Theconvenient aspect of this attachment is it has a special adhesive thatprotects the installation from roof leaks by plugging the penetrationsmade to secure the solar panels on the roof. This allows you to installsolar panels on a metal roof painlessly without worrying about a leakyroof in the future.
Global Solar Flexible Thin Film
GlobalSolar is leading the space in terms of developing flexible thin filmsolar panels to charge up electronic devices and battery packs. Fromwhat I saw at their booth, they are displaying a new thin film solarpanel that looks quite different from their previous models. I did notget many details on the performance numbers but it seems like they aremaking design improvements to make their solar panels more practicalthan just charging battery packs and electronic devices.
There’s a lot of people crawling Intersolar this year, I think it’s going to get even better tomorrow, more to come. stay tuned!