Lumeta Reveals PowerPly Stick-On Solar Module
Lumeta PowerPly stick-on solar module is lighter and easier to install than traditional solar panels
Lumeta, a leading developer of Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV), has invented a creative new kind of rooftop solar panel: a stick-on solar module called PowerPly. The company debuted its creation at the 2010 Solar Power International in Los Angeles last week in one of the most popular exhibits at the conference.
Lumeta's PowerPly stick-on solar module is made from panels of Suntech Power Holdings solar cells. The cells are covered by polymer and sit on a fiberglass substrate. On the back of the solar modules is an adhesive covered by paper. Installing Lumeta's stick-on solar module is relatively easy; the paper on the back peels off of the adhesive and the panels simply stick to a building's roof.
Tim Davey, the founder of Lumeta, outlined a few of the advantages that the PowerPly stick-on solar module has over a traditional solar roof installation. The stick-on solar module requires no drilling to install, and therefore keep roofs more structurally intact. At 1.8 pounds per square foot, PowerPly is considerably lighter than traditional solar panels. Davey also estimated that the stick-on solar modules curb labor costs by 60% because they are much easier to install.
Lumeta is currently installing its stick-on solar module at a museum in Arizona, but is hoping to expand to France and Italy, where the modules will qualify for super feed-in tariff rates. After that, Lumeta plans to sell its PowerPly stick-on solar module to schools in the US.