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Solar Panels Get Concrete, Wood Makeover

Monday, October 31, 2016

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An Italian solar business has developed what it calls “Invisible Solar,” solar panels made to look like common building materials, including concrete, stone, terracotta or wood.

The technology, from manufacturer Dyaqua, based in Camisano Vicentino, is aimed at the historic building retrofit market—where regulations and other aesthetic considerations often block the installation of solar panels as an option to cut down on energy consumption.

Invisible solar

The Invisible Solar panels are made to look identical to concrete, wood and other building materials.

The surface of the Invisible Panel is opaque and takes on the appearance of wood or concrete, but it is translucent to sun rays, permitting light to enter and feed the solar cells within, the company explains.

The flat panel is based on low molecular density, according to product literature. Each module houses a non-toxic and recyclable polymeric compound developed to encourage photon absorption.

Inside the module there are standard monocrystalline silicon cells, the company says.

Crowdfunding Campaign

The company produced a small artisan production of its rooftile product in June 2016.

"The news spread fast in the world, going far beyond all expectations,” said Matteo Quagliato of Dyaqua, prompting the manufacturer to seek help from fans in order to grow.

The company has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo aimed at raising funds to bring the technology to historic buildings around the world and increase production. Special “crowdfunding campaign” prototypes are available for supporters.

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Tagged categories: Historic Structures; Maintenance + Renovation; Photovoltaic coatings; Retrofits; Roofing materials; Solar; Solar energy

Comment from Tom Schwerdt, (10/31/2016, 9:00 AM)

Produced energy is pretty terrible. If I wanted to do something like this, the recently announced Tesla/Solar City aproducts would make me a lot more confident than some Indiegogo campaign.

Comment from M. Halliwell, (11/1/2016, 10:52 AM)

Not great production, but I suppose it has its place. Might not want "modern" solar systems on a historic structure, but might still want to add some green. Not necessarily my first choice, but I won't squabble with those who chose to go that way.

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