Scheuten Solar - Industrial Strength Solar Panels That Can Withstand Hurricane Winds
We interviewed Marc from Scheuten Solar at the 2009 Intersolar Conference in San Francisco, CA. Scheuten is the manufacturer of industrial strength solar panels. The company has two basic products: a standard solar panel called Multisol and a very beautifulglass product called Optisol. Multisol is a widely used panel, and it is a highly industrial strength module. It can handle 110 pounds per square foot and is thus very popular in the Gulf Coast area where hurricanes often occur. This product was designed to withstand ice and snow but it works for high winds and hail as well. One important feature of this product is that it has a very narrow band for power production. Most panels are +/- 5%, but Scheuten is actually +/- 2.5 Watts, which is about +/- 1 1/4%. This product also has a much lower variance.
Scheuten's second product, Optisolar, is very exciting because most architects want to hide solar panels on the roof, and this product gives architects the option of having beautiful solar paneling. Scheuten makes both custom and standard panels of the Optisol product.
Scheuten has a U.S. office in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, although they are doing business all over the country. Scheuten is starting to develop thin film technology, which they plan to launch in the near future.