Santa Cruz, CA, July 08, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- SolarPower Restoration Systems Inc. and SBM Solar Inc., two companies experienced in the solar-roofing and photovoltaic industries respectively, announced today a new strategic alliance to develop and manufacturer new photovoltaic systems for commercial and residential roofing and walls.
The demand for new architectural building products that simultaneously protect the building envelope and produces renewable energy from the sun grows every day for the solar and building industries. The two companies will focus on the development of new solar-to-building technologies and new lightweight non-glass solar modules that can be integrated onto a wider range of building surfaces.
Solar module and building integration has changed very little over the years, rack and glass module installation remains the most common method. Even with the emerging flexible thin-film PV modules, solar application methods have been limited. The recent development of non-glass crystalline modules such as the ones manufactured by SBM Solar Inc has created new options for combining solar with the building envelope.
New advanced solar-to-building attachment and application techniques based on SolarSeal Technologies™ with non-glass crystalline or thin film photovoltaics and then combined with traditional building and roofing products, forms a new class of solar building products. These new innovative system combinations help accelerate the introduction and deployment of Building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) systems according to Michael Gumm, president of SolarPower Restoration Systems Inc. and its subsidiary SolarSeal Technologies Inc.
Breaking away from traditional glass crystalline module construction, SBM Solar Inc has developed a non-glass crystalline solar module using engineered metal-polymer-metal composite, or honeycomb panel substrates with high efficiency crystalline silicon cells and a new advanced polymer top surface. According to Dr. Osbert Cheung, PhD., president of SBM Solar Inc. by combining SBM’s top surface polymer with a closed corrugated or honeycombed composite panel, SBM Solar created a very rigid, lightweight and cooler operating photovoltaic module compared to traditional glass surfaced crystalline modules.
Dr.Osbert Cheung said, using the SBM Solar lightweight non-glass solar modules with the SolarSeal Technologies™ developed by SolarPower Restoration Systems provides the integration and installation systems needed to combine solar modules with more conventional building products and onto more building surfaces, displacing the need for rack mounted conventional glass and thin film modules.
About SolarPower Restoration Systems, Inc
Creating architectural building surfaces that simultaneously protects the building envelope and produce clean renewable energy from the sun is and ongoing quest for the solar and building industries. SolarPower Restoration Systems provides the ideas, technologies and tools to create new solar energy products for the solar and building industries with SolarSeal Technologies™
SolarSeal Technologies™ (patents pending) combines everyday building products and materials with crystalline silicon and thin film photovoltaic (PV),creating a new class of photovoltaic and photovoltaic/solar-thermal building surfaces know as building integrated (BIPV) or roof integrated RIPV) photovoltaics, creating new sustainable, environmentally friendly and efficient building surfaces with sacrificing comfort or economy. For more information, please visit. http://www.solarpower-restoration.com
About SBM Solar, Inc
SBM Solar is an innovative photovoltaic (PV) manufacturer dedicated to providing high quality non-glass PV modules for a wide range of applications. Research and innovation are the core strengths of SBM and its products.
These strengths provide the differentiation and competitive edge necessary for success. SBM Solar’s proprietary non-glass technology and lamination process enables it to deliver one of the most lightweight, customizable and cost-effective mono/multi crystalline silicon PV modules in the industry. For more information, please visit http://www.sbmsolar.com