Sunflare launches ‘near-invisible’ photovoltaic panel for metal roofs

Sunflare’s PowerFit 20 is a lightweight, thin, flexible and nearly invisible photovoltaic solar panel that rests on a standing seam metal roof, wedged between the seams.

Each PowerFit panel is 60 watts and can be seamlessly connected to cover the length required by your roof.

Installation is quick, easy and inexpensive. With PowerFit 20 there is no need to penetrate the roof.

The modules come with a butyl adhesive backing – just peel and stick for a secure hold that can withstand high winds, according to Sunflare.

Because the modules are light and thin, on-site assembly takes less than ¼ time compared to traditional photovoltaic panels.

Due to the distinctive chemistry of Sunflare panels – copper, indium, gallium and selenide (CIGS) – the cells deliver more energy at sunrise and sunset than traditional photovoltaic panels. And as with all Sunflare modules, there is a bypass diode for each individual cell. This means that when a cell is shaded, only that individual cell is inactive.

Traditional photovoltaic solar panels have one bypass diode per string of cells. Therefore, if only one cell is covered, the whole chain will not produce energy. If the shadow occurs in a single row, the entire panel may be rendered useless.

PowerFit 20 modules are produced using a sustainable and energy-efficient manufacturing process.

Sunflare’s manufacturing generates 10% of the greenhouse gas emissions used by silicon panels from birth through transportation to the installation site.

The manufacturing process uses very little water, and what is used is not polluted and can be reused. The materials used are recycled. Plus, Sunflare panels use no glass, don’t need aluminum frames, and weigh only a quarter of a silicone panel.

Sunflare has already launched a lightweight, thin and strong solar module that can be installed on existing parking structures.

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