Designing Stylized Solar Panels
Dutch startup FlexSol came up with an attractive solution for integrating solar panels with roof tiles. Having solar roof panels on your house is of course ideal for generating green energy for your household. However, the aesthetics of the panels leave room for improvement.
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The Delft-based company FlexSol Solutions came up with the idea to develop its innovative flexible solar panels back in 2010. They developed a technology to make their highly efficient mono-crystalline silicon photovoltaic solar cells flexible. The result makes it possible to integrate solar panels that conform toa variety of shapes and surfaces and colors by using a special coating, making the panels practicably unnoticeable.
The flexibility and conformity of the solar panel is just one important aspect of the product, an added innovation is the way the panels are interconnected. Each solar panel has a so-called Maximum Power Point, a point where energy generation is at its most efficient. The solar roof tiles work independently from each other, so if one of the tiles does not catch enough sunlight, it doesnt reduce the effectiveness of the other panels. This frequently happens with the current generation of solar panels.
Also, FlexSol’s electrical system makes it possible to easily expand the surface or to replace individual roof tiles. Their system also makes it safer.
Usable on all surfaces
Because of its unique flexibility, FlexSol’s panels can be applied to a variety of products, such as outdoor street lighting as with their Soluxio solar light poles targeting municipalities or developers of public spaces and infrastructure.
With the Soluxio solar light poles, the surface of the light pole can be covered by FlexSol’s solar panels. The solar panels absorb energy during the day, charging the compact efficient power units built into the pole.
The solar roof tile is still in development, but will be available in the near future.
Sustainable Urban Delta
The inherent complexities and pressures associated with densely populated urban areas are second nature to the Dutch. Over many centuries, authorities, industries, knowledge institutes, and citizens have striven to develop integrated approaches and a holistic vision to enable sustainable development of the urban environment – the Sustainable Urban Delta.