Building Integrated Photovoltaics

Tesla Granted New Patents For Curved & Textured Solar Roof Tile Manufacturing

Tesla was just granted a new series of patents that shed some light on the techniques it will use on its upcoming curved and flat solar roof tiles. These design techniques will presumably be employed as Tesla moves towards the first commercial version of these tiles, which are expected to move into mass production a bit later than the Tesla solar roof tiles that have just been installed on my roof.

Stained Glass Windows On Cathedral Are Solar Panels

Originally published on Green Building Elements (with minor edits). No, I’m not talking about letting sunlight into the room. These windows actually generate electricity! They are being installed in the Cathedral of the Holy Family in Saskatoon, Saskatechewan, and they are connected to the local electricity grid. Solar panels are usually connected to … [continued]

Solar-Skinned Buildings On The Rise

Architects led by Norman Foster have been integrating solar cells into the skin of buildings at locations ranging from Brazilian stadiums to a bank’s headquarters in the United Kingdom. With a bit of momentum, it is hoped that this integrated solar industry will triple its growth within two years. This type … [continued]

Largest Transparent Photovoltaic Roof in the US

  The oncology division of the US head office of pharmaceutical company Novartis will soon be looking up to the country’s largest transparent photovoltaic roof. Sunways AG announced the news of its largest individual order for building integrated photovoltaics to date. The office building was designed by architectural firm Rafael Viñoly … [continued]

Global Solar Energy Brings Powerful Building Integrated Solar to Japan’s Growing Renewable Energy Market

  Global Solar Energy Incorporated, a manufacturer of flexible solar panels, has announced that it is entering the Japanese solar market with flexible solar panels that are designed specifically for Japanese roofs. These flexible solar panels are called PowerFLEX BIPV. BIPV stands for Building Integrated Photovoltaics. Photovoltaic solar panels are the … [continued]

Building Integrated Photovoltaics

  A promising way of approaching renewable energy is with Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) construction that, in 2011, received a big move forward as Sunlogics PLC, which is a US solar panel manufacturer, purchased Phoenix Solar Holdings Corp and their operating subsidiaries. One of those subsidiaries was EPV Solar Germany GmbH, … [continued]