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Title: SolarTile: A rooftop integrated photovoltaic system. Phase 1, final report

AstroPower, Royal Group Technologies, and Solar Design Associates are jointly developing an integrated photovoltaic roofing system for residential and light commercial building applications. This family of products will rely heavily on the technological development of a roofing tile made from recycled plastic and innovative module fabrication and encapsulation processes in conjunction with an advanced Silicon-Film{trademark} solar cell product. This solar power generating roofing product is presently being referred to as the SolarTile. A conceptual drawing of the solar roofing tile is shown. The SolarTile will be integrated with non-solar tiles in a single roof installation permitting ease of assembly and the ability to use conventional roofing techniques at ridges, valleys, and eaves. The Phase 1 effort included tasks aimed at the development of the proposed product concept; product manufacturing or fabrication, and installation cost estimates; business planning; and a market assessment of the proposed product, including target selling prices, target market sectors, size estimates for each market sector, and planned distribution mechanisms for market penetration. Technical goals as stated in the Phase 1 proposal and relevant progress are reported.
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
674949
Report Number(s):
DOE/GO/10246--T1
ON: DE99000133; IN: DOE/EE/10025--1; TRN: AHC29820%%414
DOE Contract Number:
FC36-97GO10246
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 26 Mar 1998
Research Org:
AstroPower, Inc., Newark, DE (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Washington, DC (United States)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; PROGRESS REPORT; SOLAR CELL ARRAYS; ROOFS; COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS; RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS