German solar PV manufacturer Solarwatt is working with Easy Roof manufacturer IRFTS to highlight the visual appeal of solar PV while serving demand for at-home EV charging.
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Fresh from working together on several UK projects, the two companies are targeting a number of schemes in response to growing demand among customers for eye-catching designs. The two companies jointly supply striking designs for the growing carport and EV charging markets.
Seen by many installers and contractors as the best in-roof mounting system on the market, Easy Roof is installed widely in the UK, Netherlands and Europe. The system fits like Lego and is installed at the same time as the roof structure, replacing tiles, with no plastic penetration, guaranteed water-tightness, interchangeable panels, zero maintenance, anytime access to electrics and connectors and high wind-load performance.
IRFTS Solar Car ports and Solar Pergolas utilise Solarwatt glass-glass PV panels, battery storage and energy management systems, the whole unit being able to be erected in one day.
Global demand for building-integrated solar photovoltaic (BIPV) is set to grow as householders and firms seek styles that accentuate their design qualities and complement rather than clash with surroundings.
Conservation and campaign groups are also concerned about appearance in the built environment – a factor in the move from fossil fuels towards renewable energy sources such as solar. The countryside charity CPRE and the industry research body the BRE produced a good-practice guide for designers, manufacturers and installers to ensure buildings with solar PV installations blended with their surroundings.
“Our customers are concerned about energy independence and sustainability and they’re looking for the smart technologies that will deliver these” said Neal Goddard, Solarwatt Sales Manager, UK. “The same people want not only the highest quality and performance – they also want something that will enhance their home or business. There’s no reason smart technologies shouldn’t be beautiful too. Easy Roof Evolution’s unique overlapping and interlocking mounting systems operates with no seal and no cut so it fits just like tiles. And like Solarwatt, it works for residential, commercial, public-building, agricultural and industrial roofs.”
Frank Thiollay, Easy Roof Sales Manager for the UK, Ireland and Benelux, added that the company has completed in excess of 35 projects with Solarwatt and are working on a further 50 in response to domestic and commercial customers.
Solarwatt’s PV panels utilise high-performance PERC solar cells embedded in a glass-glass composite and are thus optimally protected against all weathers and mechanical stress. The company’s black Vision 60M Style module has been designed to achieve high yields due to minimal degradation. The panels are made in Germany and come with a 30-year warranty on performance and product quality and free FullCoverage (all-risk) insurance for five years.