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BIPVco solar panels use industry leading super thin photovoltaic cells manufactured by Miasole. BIPVco builds the module by layering the bespoke top sheet, diodes, bus bar, the insulating layers and the cells. The functional solar module and the integrated junction box are then fused directly onto a pre-coated metal roof or membrane substrate, forming a photovoltaic panel, by BIPVCo’s unique in-house developed process. These components combine to create a photovoltaic roof system that can be installed in the same way as a conventional roofing system.

BIPVco uses CIGS technology (Copper Indium Gallium Selenide), thin-film solar cells to convert sunlight to energy. They differ from traditional crystalline based Building Applied Photovoltaic systems (BAPV), which use heavier bulkier solar photovoltaic panels, mounted on top of roofs or other spaces after the construction of the building. A few of the advantages of CIGS compared to traditional crystalline technology:

  • Less bulky, more flexible and light weight

  • More durable

  • Better shade tolerance

  • Performs better in low light conditions

  • Requires fewer materials and less energy to manufacture

  • Requires very little maintenance

Benefits

Install high generating per capacity unit area of available roof

Generally able to take the form of building envelope and not break / crack.

Avoids disproportionate loss of output when shaded. Built in redundancy for cell connections improves factor or safety by design in the event of cell disconnect.

Reduced risk of degradation over the years.

Avoids adverse wind effects & need for ballasting on flat membrane roofs.

Transferable end client warranty.

Faster energy & carbon payback.

Consistent quality & assured performance warranty.

Saving on material & cost of installation.

Install high generating per capacity unit area of available roof

Longer period of generation, hence superior yield per capacity installed.

Superior self-cleaning, minimise glare & enhance light capture & generation.

Avoids damaging micro-climate of substrate & vermin infestation.

Vandal & theft resistant.

Eliminates additional loss of heat & risk of condensation.

Savings on cost of installation & time on-site.

Easy installation, reduced time on-site.

PV & Accessories are discreet. Does not spoil aesthetics of building form. Cables can be built into the roof which avoids the need for cable trays etc.

Higher yield per unit capacity.

To find out how you can implement a fully integrated PV system in to your buildings design, get in  touch.

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