SwissINSO Holding, a specialist in the development of new solar technologies and products which focus on enhancing the aesthetics and overall efficiency of BIPV and solar thermal solutions, and Acomet Solar, an integrator of solar façades, have teamed up and signed a joint venture agreement.
As reported by PV-Tech’s sister site Design-Build Solar, the joint venture has been established in order to meet the growing demand for BIPV solutions which are more aesthetically pleasing.
As part of the joint venture agreement, Acomet Solar will integrate SwissINSO’s Kromatix coloured glass technology which can be applied to solar modules into its offerings.
Arnold Egli, general manager of Acomet Solar said: “Coloured solar panels, offering the same level of efficiency, will eliminate the problem of poor panel aesthetics that has hindered the development of PV and solar installations on roofs, building facades and architectural projects in general. So we see very significant growth opportunities going forward as we leverage our network to accelerate market penetration.”
Rafic Hanbali, chairman and CEO of SwissINSO added: “The experience that Acomet has in BIPV and their ability to produce tailor-made frameless PV panels will allow us to rapidly install and show the market our revolutionary products. The ability to combine colour and aesthetics into solar-panel production is a significant paradigm shift and it will provide SwissINSO with a significant competitive advantage in an industry dominated by black and blue panels.”
Hanbali also revealed that the joint venture has already completed its first installation which utilises light blue PV panels on a building façade. The joint venture has several other projects in the pipeline in Switzerland and the UK.
In addition to the joint venture agreement, SwissINSO is in negotiations with PV and solar thermal module manufactures for the mass production of its modules which incorporate Kromatix technology.