Energy Conversion Devices said that 1.87MW of its Uni-Solar amorphous-silicon thin-film photovoltaic laminates have been installed on the roof of the Flanders Expo in Ghent, Belgium. The laminates were integrated by Derbigum into a lightweight, building-integrated PV Derbisolar product, a durable roofing membrane that forms a waterproof BIPV solar solution.
Derbigum said they chose ECD’s laminates because they are light and flexible, there is no perforation of the roofing membrane, they have excellent performance in diffuse light, and are highly damage-resistant since the solar cells are concealed inside a polymer laminate and not glass.
“The Flanders Expo installation is an excellent example of how we work with our channel partners to develop BIPV solutions for our customers,” commented Mark Morelli, ECD’s president/CEO. “We are very pleased with the final project, and the fact that the Flanders Expo installation is expected to produce 1.5 million kWh of clean energy per year, representing the power consumption of approximately 454 families.”
ECD recently announced plans to build its first European TFPV laminate manufacturing facility, a 30MW production line in France.