Flexible Solar Film Solves Installation and Efficiency Hurdles
While solar is a viable green energy option for many building and structure types, there are still instances and environments where traditional silicon solar panels cannot be implemented. Weight load limitations, lack of sun exposure, shape and other factors limit where panels can be installed because of the bulky and heavy racks required to hold the panels.
Sunflare has created a new solar technology that solves these obstacles, making solar a viable energy option for almost any structure. Sunflare is installed with little more than special double-sided tape. It can be walked on, cut to fit any shape and does not create load bearing problems. Its flexible backing can even be bent and curved or hung vertically to maximize energy harvesting potential on surfaces and it can harvest more energy in low light conditions than traditional silicon.
Sunflare says its Capture4 solar technology is the first high quality, mass production of flexible, light, thin, affordable solar cells. Each cell in the company's patented manufacturing process starts with high quality stainless steel. It is layered with Copper, Indium, Gallium, and Selenide semiconductor materials only a few micrometers thick.
The CIGS formulat generates 10% more energy generated at comparable costs to traditional silicon based cells. Sunflare says its system produces more energy at dawn and dusk because of better low-light performance, and at midday when temperatures are hottest because of the low temperature co-efficient of CIGS.