Sunday, September 19, 2010

No. 168: Detachable photovoltaic panel with hook and loop fastener (September 19, 2010)

Obayashi Corp., one of Japan’s leading general contractors, developed detachable thin photovoltaic panel with hook and loop fastener. The company integrated the bendable amorphous photovoltaic panel with the protective film to allow the user to stretch and unstick it manually for easy installation and easy change of installation location. It is now confirming such performance as durability and generating efficiency of the trial product installed on the roof of the company research laboratory. It plans to install it in the open space in the construction site within the year. It is scheduled to produce it on a commercial basis after next year and market it to facilities like the event site. Because the new product can be put on the curved wall, it has more installable locations than the nondetachable panel. It costs considerably less to install this new photovoltaic panel than the conventional one because the platform on which the conventional type product is installed is not necessary, though the former has lower generating efficiency than the latter.
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