Solar panels get curved to produce more power

posted March 04, 2017 at 08:51 pm
by  Alena Mae S. Flores

Solar technology is growing at a fast pace and local solar energy provider GreenHeat, together with partner Sun Man, is introducing The Curve, the latest in renewable energy solutions.

Taking inspiration from the curves in nature, Curve is a flexible, durable, ultra-thin, highly adaptable solar panel that can be integrated into surfaces where regular panels are not compatible.

Green Heat Corp., one of the leading solar providers in the Philippines, is looking at  putting up 6.5 megawatts of solar rooftop projects this year as it introduces the latest technological breakthrough in the industry.

Green Heat director Glenn Tong said around 70 percent of the solar rooftop projects lined up this year would be located in Metro Manila with some of the projects already carrying The Curve solar panels.

He said the company installed a total of 4.2 MW of solar rooftop projects last year.

Tong said The Curve panels are the latest in solar power solutions, which has many advantages over conventional solar panels.

He said while the newly-developed product was more expensive than the conventional solar panels, Green Heat made “prices equal to the traditional” by absorbing the extra cost.

“The Curve is a flexible, durable, ultra-thin, highly adaptable solar panel that can be easily integrated into surfaces where regular panels are not compatible,” he said.

Tong said because it is lightweight, The Curve solar panels can be applied to surfaces that cannot handle conventional panels. The Curve weighs only 7.5 kilograms while conventional panels weigh 27 kilograms.

He said The Curve can also physically adjust to structures like arches and domes, which is possible through its Flexicell technology.

“Installation is also easier because The Curve requires no drilling of holes on rooftops which in turn doesn’t produce leaks, owing to its unique roof bonding technology,” Tong said.

Tong said The Curve’s qualities make it the perfect product for  rural off-grid applications where transportation and logistics are a challenge.

The Curve is also ideal for military, emergency aid, or rescue operations because it is easy to transport and install.

“On top of that, The Curve also keeps your home or business cooler inside because it absorbs only 12 percent of the sun’s heat, reflecting 88 percent away. The Curve also comes with a 25-year warranty to give users peace of mind,” he said.

Green Heat is one of the pioneering solar companies in the Philippines, having set up the systems of various corporations and organizations like the Asian Development Bank, Asia Brewery Inc., Manuel L. Quezon University, St. Scholastica’s Academy of Marikina and Meralco’s Solar PV Center.

Topics: Solar panels , Solar technology , GreenHeat , Sun Man , The Curve , renewable energy solutions
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