Sunflare Introduces PowerFit 20 Flexible Solar Panel For Metal Roofs
PowerFit 20 is light, thin and flexible. When adhered to dark colored roofs, it is practically invisible.
La Verne, CA – Sunflare has announced its successful development of PowerFit 20, a light, thin, flexible solar panel designed to nest between the seams of standing seam metal roofs. Visually unobtrusive, the modules were developed for use by architects
and builders seeking the best possible aesthetics when harnessing the power of the sun.
Each PowerFit panel is 60 watts and can be seamlessly connected to cover whatever length the roof demands. The company describes the installation process as fast, easy and low-cost, with no penetrations through the roof required. The modules come with
a butyl adhesive backing – just peel and stick – for a secure hold that the company says can withstand even gale-force winds. Because the modules are light and thin, staging at the installation site has shown to take a small fraction of
the time required with traditional solar panels.
According to the company, due to the distinct chemistry of Sunflare panels – Copper, Indium, Gallium and Selenide – PowerFit 60 panels deliver more energy at dawn and dusk than traditional solar panels. And as with all Sunflare modules, there
is a bypass diode for each individual cell, meaning that when a cell is shaded, only that individual cell is inactive. Traditional solar panels typically have a bypass diode per string of cells. Therefore, if just one cell is covered the whole string
will not produce power. If the shade is across a single row, the entire panel can be knocked out.
PowerFit 20 modules are produced in an eco-friendly, energy-efficient manufacturing process. The manufacturing process, the company states, “results
in a scant 10% of the detrimental global warming gas emissions that silicon panels use from birth through transport to an installation site. The manufacturing process uses very little water, and that which is used is clean and can be reused. The spent
materials are recycled. And the Sunflare panels don’t use glass, don’t need aluminum racking, and are just one quarter of the weight of a silicon panel all by themselves.”
Sunflare is staking out a position as a leader in the next generation of solar technology in hopes of reinventing the energy landscape. The company has developed a variety of patented products to break through the barriers that have constrained solar
markets by and large. Its goal, it says, “is to inspire rapid adoption of solar energy for a healthier planet.”
Sunflare produces a thin-film rooftop photovoltaic product that is lightweight, flexible and frameless, secured to roof surfaces using high-strength, double-sided mastic. To learn more, visit sunflaresolar.com.