The first electrically self-sustaining, custom luxury homes from S2A will be powered by the only graphene solar panel in existence globally, providing enhanced energy production, durability, immunity to extreme weather conditions, and improved overall service life.
PV Graf. Courtesy of FreeVolt
S2A Modular – creator of the first electrically self-sustaining, custom and smart-connected luxury residence, the #GreenLuxHome, has been given the right to feature patented PV Graf technology from FreeVolt, a disruptive European solar company that has developed the world’s first and only graphene solar panel.
Existing solar panels on the market face a variety of issues including microcracks caused by high temperature soldering expensive metals during production. This in turn negatively affects power output, reliability and overall effectiveness. PV Graf aims to eliminate thermal stress during production and the cracking that results from that production, resulting in dramatically longer service life and better efficiency. Production costs are also lowered by removing the need for metals like silver and copper.
Real-world conditions, such as temperature from weather, rain, time of day, and other factors, can affect energy production rates and effectiveness in solar panels. The graphene-based material utilised by PV Graf makes the new technology immune to temperature and other environmental factors that otherwise would reduce production of current. It also increases energy production by more than 20 percent.
With grapheme being 200 times more durable than steel, the new technology also delivers far better durability, thereby extending service life and increasing reliability.
“This is not just a better solar panel – this is the first and only technology of its kind, featuring graphene” said Ryan Leusch, business development director of S2A Modular. “It’s a completely different solar science, with patented architecture and materials, that turns the industry on its head. With current solar panels, effectiveness declines in as little 5-6 years when materials begin to degrade and energy output decreases. With FreeVolt’s PV Graf technology, which brings a near-indestructible quality, service life and energy production are dramatically enhanced – while also eliminating degradation and making it immune to any temperature or weather factors that negatively affect other solutions out there.”
S2A’s #GreenLuxHome also features a Tesla Powerwall and a centralised smart home system that controls many everyday aspects of domestic households, including energy, electronics, appliances and security.