Organic PV company Konarka Technologies is working alongside the colour and construction unit of ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe to develop a number of building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) solutions using its Power Plastic.
Among these new products will be solar roofs and façades, which, unlike conventional silicon-based photovoltaic systems, will not require mounting on a raised structure and instead be integrated in a more aesthetic manner into the building structure.
“Konarka’s thin, light and flexible photovoltaic technology will be applied to our substrate materials in a continuous process, both cost-efficiently and eco-friendly, ideally integrating into our production process,” said Lars Pfeiffer, head of quality and development at ThyssenKrupp’s Color/Construction unit.
“We have found a competent industrial partner in ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe,” added Alex Valenzuela, Konarka’s vice president for business development in Europe. “They, too, use an automated roll-to-roll process in the production of their high-quality steel construction elements. Our capabilities are an ideal match.”