Schueco’s New Prosol TF+ Thin-Film PV is 30% More Efficient

Date: 5 March 2012
Source: Schueco
In April 2012, a new brilliant-look, up-rated version of ProSol TF known as ProSol TF+, will be available from leading solar energy and building envelope specialist, Schueco UK Limited.

Designed as a BIPV product, ProSol TF+ is an advanced, higher-efficiency thin-film PV module that produces a 30% increase in electrical output over conventional photovoltaic thin-film products.

The module's superior performance – typically 80 Wp/m2 – is the result of a tandem cell structure that incorporates dual layers of microcrystalline and amorphous silicon, together with a special laminate foil (PVB). As well as generating electricity, ProSol TF+ can act both as insulation and as solar shading, resulting in a significant reduction in the need for heating and air-conditioning.

In appearance, the new ProSol TF+ is also strikingly different thanks to its new, deep anthracite colouring and the fact that, in addition to a standard rectangle, the modules can, for the first time, be specified in a variety of alternative shapes including triangles, parallelograms and rhomboids. This greatly extends the system's design possibilities for architects.

Importantly, in terms of sustainability, ProSol TF+ is an exceptionally 'green' product containing none of the rare or toxic materials – such as cadmium, selenium or lead – that are found in some PV systems.

ProSol TF+ modules are available either as single glass panes for use in Schueco rainscreen façade systems or as part of double- or triple-glazed units incorporated into Schueco insulated façade systems such as FW 50+.SI.

Sizes range from 200 mm x 300 mm up to 2300 mm x 2600 mm with even larger sizes being possible using a 'patchwork' technique. When fitted to rainscreen cladding, 1300 mm x 1100 mm single-glazed Fixed Size Modules offer the perfect combination of price and performance.

While the modules are supplied opaque for maximum power output, they can be customised by laser-cutting to present varying degrees of transparency ranging from 5% to 25%. This makes them particularly versatile not only from a user point of view, but also from an architectural design perspective.

In addition to supplying the ProSol TF+ modules, Schueco UK provides the complete PV solution comprising either a cladding system or an insulated façade system together with all necessary electrical components including inverters, cabling and connectors.

For further information on ProSol TF+ from Schueco UK, please go to mkinfobox@schueco.com

Issued on behalf of Schueco UK Limited by Acumen Marketing Communications Ltd, Watermill House, Chevening Road, Chipstead, Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 2RY. Further press information from John Mounsey/Lester Corney, tel: 01732 456444; fax: 01732 457444; e-mail: lester.corney@acumen-communications.com

 

Schueco – Green Technology for the Blue Planet

That means clean energy from solar products and windows. And the contribution that Schueco makes to the environment with pioneering building envelopes. To be more precise, with Energy3: Saving Energy – Generating Energy – Networking Energy. Window and façade systems not only save energy due to optimum thermal insulation, they also generate energy thanks to efficient solar solutions. This creates an excess of energy which can be used by means of intelligent networking. For building functions, as well as for everyday life. The result is a significant step towards energy self-sufficiency. Towards the sustainable conservation of natural resources. And for a secure future. With more than 5200 employees and 12,000 partner companies, Schueco is active in more than 75 countries worldwide and achieved turnover of 2.38 billion euros in 2010.

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