January 19, 2003 – Vol.7 No.43
SOLAR FOR SLATE ROOFS.
On the positive side, natural slate roofs on buildings are attractive and long-lived - 50 years plus. On the negative side they are expensive to install when new, equally expensive to replace when old, and hard to adapt to solar energy. The aesthetic appeal of a natural slate roof could be lost if solar panels are attached. Further, the attachment process would do damage (read cause leaks) to an older slate roof. Slate, though durable to weather, is easily damaged by humans.
So what’s the solar solution for slate roofs? Solar photovoltaic tiles that have the look and durability of natural slate. Synthetic slate roofing is already a common product. Photovoltaic slate-like roofing technology could be available soon.
ICP Solar Technologies has announced that it has purchased the assets, technology and patents of Intersolar Ltd of Wales, the U.K.’s only photovoltaic manufacturer. Among the wide and varied product line ICP has acquired is Intersolar’s Electra-slate roof tiles - a technology for photovoltaic tiles with the appearance of slate roofing tiles that is nearing product introduction in the U.K.
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