BIPVco solar panels use industry leading super thin photovoltaic cells manufactured by Miasole. BIPVco builds the module by layering the bespoke top sheet, diodes, bus bar, the insulating layers and the cells. The functional solar module and the integrated junction box are then fused directly onto a pre-coated metal roof or membrane substrate, forming a photovoltaic panel, by BIPVCo’s unique in-house developed process. These components combine to create a photovoltaic roof system that can be installed in the same way as a conventional roofing system.

BIPVco uses CIGS technology (Copper Indium Gallium Selenide), thin-film solar cells to convert sunlight to energy. They differ from traditional crystalline based Building Applied Photovoltaic systems (BAPV), which use heavier bulkier solar photovoltaic panels, mounted on top of roofs or other spaces after the construction of the building. A few of the advantages of CIGS compared to traditional crystalline technology:

  • Less bulky, more flexible and light weight
  • More durable
  • Better shade tolerance
  • Performs better in low light conditions
  • Requires fewer materials and less energy to manufacture
  • Requires very little maintenance.

Benefits

High efficiency thin film CIGS PV cells/Modules

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Flexible

Generally able to take the form of building envelope and not break / crack.

Multiple diodes & cell interconnections

Avoids disproportionate loss of output when shaded. Built in redundancy for cell connections improves factor or safety by design in the event of cell disconnect.

No degradation at high voltage

Reduced risk of degradation over the years.

Aerodynamics Design

Avoids adverse wind effects & need for ballasting on flat membrane roofs.

Can be installed without perforating roof

Eliminates risk of leaks.

Integral roof warranty on approved substrates

Transferable end client warranty.

Lower embodied energy / carbon

Faster energy & carbon payback.

Pre-fixed to roof in factory conditions

Consistent quality & assured performance warranty.

No secondary structure to support modules

Saving on material & cost of installation.

Lightweight (2-3kg / M2)

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Superior low-light efficiency compared Crystalline Silicon

Longer period of generation, hence superior yield per capacity installed.

Textured Teflon type top layer

Superior self-cleaning, minimise glare & enhance light capture & generation.

Direct contact with building envelope substrate

Avoids damaging micro-climate of substrate & vermin infestation.

Not fragile & integrated into the roof

Vandal & theft resistant.

Avoids cold bridging when attached to support

Eliminates additional loss of heat & risk of condensation.

Installed at the same time as the roof

Savings on cost of installation & time on-site.

Simple push in cable connection

Easy installation, reduced time on-site.

Holistically integrated

PV & Accessories are discreet. Does not spoil aesthetics of building form. Cables can be built into the roof which avoids the need for cable trays etc.

Lower degradation of power at higher temperatures

Higher yield per unit capacity.

To find out how you can implement a fully integrated PV system in to your buildings design, get in  touch.