Ascent Solar and Hydro, which owns 30% of Ascent, are preparing to move forward in their product development and testing for Ascent’s CIGS laminated modules. Beta testing at one of Hydro’s aluminum building system product development sites in Barcelona, Spain, will collect data on module performance and architecture aesthetics, and display the Brise Soleil line to Hydro partners, customers, system designers and architects.
The beta-test site is a vertically mounted shading device system, which is combined with solar technology. Ascent’s CIGS modules will be evaluated against silicon wafer-based panels and will be the first time that a CIGS module is manufactured using a plastic substrate and integrated onto an aluminum front-shading device system.
HBS product development director Werner Jager stated, “This is an important step forward in our ongoing collaboration with Ascent Solar. The installation at our test site will provide the performance data we need in order to demonstrate the readiness of our CIGS integrated shading system to our customers. Ascent Solar has shown tremendous progress since we began this endeavor in establishing our Brise Soleil product line.”