Austria’s SmartFlower is unfurling its objectively stunning 4kWh-equivalent dual axis tracker in its U.S. launch, a few months ahead of the first U.S. installation scheduled for November, says Alexander Swatek, the managing partner of the Vienna-based company.
The petal-shaped monocrystalline panels are encased in 2.0 mm glass so strong and thin that it can be flexed with the hand.
The 12-petal, 194 square-foot structure produces 2.5 kWh, the output equivalent to a 4.0 kWh fixed rooftop array, notes James Gordon, the CEO of recently-established SmartFlower North America, based in Boston. While the product is being targeted for residential installations, it also will be sold for commercial installations, he says.
The company already has sold over 1,000 of the units in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and other regions, Swatek notes.