Canada-based BIPV module supplier Targray has begun distributing two kinds of solar tiles for building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) which its claims can be installed with any building’s cladding.
The tiles have been developed in South Korea and are currently being manufactured in Asia. “Our manufacturing partner has two factories located in South Korea and China,” a company spokesperson told pv magazine. “Their total capacity is 500 MW.”
One of the two products has a flat design and standardized modular design for easy installation. It is based on copper, indium, gallium and selenide (CIGS) cells manufactured by unnamed manufacturers based in Germany and the United States.
The tile has a power output of 80 W, an open-circuit voltage of 10.58 V, a short-circuit current of 8.9 A and a maximum system voltage of 600 W. Each panel measures 156.75×156.75mm and is made with 16 solar cells with an efficiency of 22% each.
The BIPV panel is also claimed to offer excellent weather protection, thermal insulation, and noise mitigation.
A second solar tile, with an undulating design, is claimed to be ideal for integration in traditional buildings. This device is available in black, red and golden versions and is also built with CIGS cells. It has dimensions of 721x500x41mm and a weight of 9.5 kg.
This tile features a power of 30 W, an open-circuit voltage of 10.6 V and a short-circuit current of 4.3 A.
Targray, which is also supplying solar walls and other kinds of BIPV products, including solar facades and cells, plans to sell its products across the US, Canada, Asia, and Europe. “Their price is different based on grade and customized orders,” the spokesperson went on to say. “General price ranges from $1.30 to $2.00 per Watt.”
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